Putting Child Care on the Map

Public Counsel is helping cities and counties plan for early care today, so they can build it tomorrow. Our child care map shows how cities in Los Angeles County are planning for quality child care in their communities.

CommunityWalk Map - Putting Child Care on the Map

Who needs child care? Everyone does.

From the White House to the streets of Los Angeles, experts agree that quality early care helps children succeed and promotes economic growth. Child care operators are small businesses who create jobs and strengthen communities and families.

Yet in Los Angeles County, one in five children age 4 or younger has no access to neighborhood child care facilities. Parents are faced with the choice of leaving older siblings in charge of their children or taking themselves out of the labor force to provide care. And children don't get the basics they need to grow and succeed.

How do we put child care on the map?

To build a family-friendly L.A. we need to put child care on the map. Our aging infrastructure and bureaucratic rules aren't keeping up with the needs of today's hard-working families.

We need to cut the red tape and ensure sure cities and counties plan for early care today, so they can build it tomorrow. We're making it easier to create quality child care. The map above shows how cities are planning for quality child care in their communities.

Start today:

Are you a child care provider who needs help understanding the rules? Or an elected official or city planner who wants to put child care on the map in your area? Click here to email us

Has your city already adopted family friendly policies? Let us know about your policies so we can put you on the map too!

 

Public Counsel has brought together attorneys, architects, businesspeople, bankers and government leaders who care about expanding early care.

"We need a new vision for a family friendly L.A."
-- Karla Howell, Public Counsel Staff Attorney

"Los Angeles County is lacking tens of thousands of spaces to provide early care and education for our children. Increasing the opportunities to develop facilities is essential in addressing the great unmet need." 
-- Laura Escobedo, Office of Child care, County of Los Angeles

"What better thing can you do than to take care of children? There just isn’t anything I think more important than that."
-- Frank Clementi, architect and Public Counsel Volunteer of the Year

Watch a short interview with Frank Clementi, an award-winning architect who is working to expand early care in Los Angeles.