1. How we determined the economic impacts

The economic impact analyses in this report were calculated using an input-output modeling system, based on an initial model created by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). While other reports on child care may measure one job lost as one job lost or a reduction in earnings taken at face value, this report measures the ‘ripple effect’ or additional impacts that one job lost or a reduction in earnings has throughout the region’s economy. This gives a more complete understanding of the overarching impacts associated with child care and child care-related challenges.

Economic Impacts Lost Jobs Lost Earnings Lost Taxes
Impact on Orange County Families and the Overall Economy

Due to voluntary and involuntary separations from work, going from full- to part-time, and not being able to go full-time due to child care challenges

36,376 $2.27 Billion $202 Million
Impact on Orange County Employers

From turnover, absenteeism and recruitment

31,013 $2.04 Billion $170 Million
Total Economic Impact 67,389 $4.3 Billion $372 Million

Analysis performed using Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce data; TCCG LLC analysis

2. Orange County 2020-2025 LPC Needs Assessment

5. Sources for budget graph

Economic Policy Institute:

Orange County Local Planning Council, Orange County Needs Assessment (Submitted 5/30/20):

U.S. Census Orange County, CA Fact Sheet:

6. Average annual CA in-state tuition at a 4-year college is $24,481

7. Subsidized Child Care Programs

LPC Orange County Needs Assessment (Submitted 5/30/20); coucher data collected from 3 sources; Head Start/Early Head Start numbers provided by Lead Agencies in Orange County

8. Orange County 2020-2025 LPC Needs Assessment

9. Orange County 2020-2025 LPC Needs Assessment

10. National Women’s Law Center, February 2021 Fact Sheet