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Oregon Child Care Deserts

May 20, 2023
What is a child care desert? A child care desert is a place where at least three children live for every child care slot available. Severe deserts have (at most) one slot for every 10 children.
Child care slots for young children in Oregon grew by almost 5% from March 2020 to December 2022, thanks in part to more public funding for child care. This according to a new report from @oregonstatehealth.
Since March 2020, eight of Oregon’s 36 counties have moved out of desert status for preschool-aged kids, and another eight became less severe deserts for infants and toddlers.
“We’re seeing a lot of those counties coming out of desert status because of the additional supply being developed from public funding,” said Michaella Sektnan, co-author on the report and senior faculty research assistant in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. “Without that public funding, all except three counties would be child care deserts.”
Read the full press release and find links to the OSU report online: https://beav.es/SCc
Infographics from report: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjADT8K
Infographics from report: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjADT8K