Through generous funding from The Columbus Foundation, Action for Children—central Ohio’s child care and early learning resource and referral agency—commissioned a study of child care supply and demand in Franklin County, Ohio, and insights into the decision making process of parents seeking care for their children. Community Research Partners undertook the study, with guidance and assistance from Action for Children. The research incorporated recent literature on the child care choice, along with input of local parents and employers and the most current and fine-grained data on child care providers and the population potentially in demand of child care services. Findings are intended to help target Action for Children’s work over the next five years.
The research found that there are 3.1 children under age 6 for every child care center slot in Franklin County, and 9.0 children for every slot in an accredited or quality rated center. After adjusting for the labor force status of parents--assuming that children in a household with one parent not in the labor force do not need child care--there are 2 children for every slot and 6 for every slot in a quality center.
The report includes 2-page neighborhood-level profiles with summary data for the 27 City of Columbus Planning Areas.