EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Why is this important?
Countless studies show that birth to age five is the most critical stage in a child’s brain development. Understandably, our residents stress the importance of having children under age 5 enrolled in preschool.
Many of our children spend 35 or more hours in child care each week because their parents are working.
A gap between supply and demand of licensed child care slots can result in parents choosing care that is short on quality.
What is the measure?
The Tuolumne County Local Child Care Planning Council and Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) conduct child care needs assessments every three years. Additionally, the county child care resource and referral agency, Infant Child Enrichment Services (ICES), tracks child care slots in the county and has the ability to conduct surveys.
How are we doing?
A Tuolumne County parent currently seeking licensed child care (as described by the state of California under Title 22 regulations) has few options. While the graph shows slots available to a parent seeking care for a preschool age child, that same parent will most likely have location, schedule, and preference needs that won’t match those slots.
Approximately 367 four-year-olds currently attend a child care/preschool program. These numbers indicate that the majority of four-year-olds have some form of prekindergarten experience.