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2013 Fact Sheet: Supply and Demand1 Early Care and Education in Boston ECE Supply in Boston • There are 1,025 early care and education programs and providers in Boston. • These programs and providers have capacity for 20,283 young children. ECE Capacity, by Program Type

13.3%

5.8%

23.2%

57.7%

ECE Capacity, by Age

Center-Based Programs Family Child Care Providers Boston Public Schools Other License Exempt Providers

31.7% Infants/Toddlers Preschool Age

68.3%

Data Source: EEC Programs in Boston Region List 09.03.13 (for center-based, Head Start, and FCC); Boston Public Schools 10.22.13 (BPS), Boston EQUIP Community Profiles 2012 (OLE).

ECE Demand in Boston There are approximately 44,484 children aged 0-5 in Boston. 4,415 of these children are on the EEC Waitlist. Young Children in Boston, by Age

Does ECE Supply Meet ECE Demand? Comparison of ECE Supply and Demand 100.0% 75.0% 50.0%

52.2%

Infants/Toddlers Preschool Age

29.5%

25.0% 0.0%

47.7% Waitlist in Boston, by Age

42.9%

77.6% 59.8% 59.0%

Infants/Toddlers Preschool Age

56.1% Data Source: Boston Public Health Commission, Birth Records 2002-2007; EEC Waitlist for Boston 09.13.13.

All Young Children

Universal Demand^

Infants/Toddlers Preschool Age ^Universal demand assumes that 50% of infants/toddlers and 77% of preschool age children need early education and care services. Data Source (comparison, waitlist): Boston Public Health Commission, Birth Records 2002-2007; EEC Programs in Boston Region List 09.03.13 (for center-based, Head Start, and FCC); Boston Public Schools 10.22.13 (BPS), Boston EQUIP Community Profiles 2012 (OLE).

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fact sheet is one in a series produced using data from the 2012 Boston Community Profiles Report (Boston EQUIP, Associated Early Care and Education, 2013). This fact sheet provides specific data about one element of early care and education quality in Boston. For more information on Supply and Demand, the full 2012 Community Profiles report, and information on specific Boston neighborhoods, please visit www.bostonequip.org.

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2013 Neighborhood Profiles: Supply and Demand Early Care and Education in Boston Breakdown: ECE Supply ECE Capacity, by Provider Type # Programs /Providers

Capacity

Center-Based

198

11,624

Family Child Care

721

4,683

Boston Public Schools

71

2,680

Other License Exempt

36

1,171

1,026

20,158

• There are 130* accredited early care and education programs and providers in Boston. • These accredited programs and providers* have capacity for 7,377 young children. *Not including FCCs with only CDAs.

TOTAL

Center-Based Programs, by Provider Type

25.0%

65.5%

50.0%

Head Start

30.0%

Infants/Toddlers Preschool Age

Other License Exempt Capacity, by Age

8.6%

60.0%

40.0%

Center-Based Capacity, by Age

34.4%

Percent of Accredited Capacity, by Type

CommunityBased

75.0%

91.4%

Supply of Accredited Programs and Providers in Boston

Infants/Toddlers Preschool Age

50.9%

50.1%

27.5%

20.0% 10.0%

2.0%

0.0% Center-Based

Family Child Care

Boston Public Schools

Other License Exempt

Data Source (accreditation): NAEYC 09.09.13, NAFCC 09.13, CPR 09.30.13, Karen Silver (BPS) 10.01.13. Data Source (supply): EEC Programs in Boston Region List 09.03.13 (for center-based, Head Start, and FCC); Boston Public Schools 10.22.13 (BPS), Boston EQUIP Community Profiles 2012 (OLE).

About the Boston Early Education Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP): Boston EQUIP was established in 1994 as a project of Associated Early Care and Education’s Research & Policy Department “to collaborate with members of the Boston early education community to systematically evaluate, set goals for, and improve upon the quality of early childhood programs.” Permission is granted for copying all parts of this document for non-commercial educational purposes. Please credit Boston EQUIP, Associated Early Care and Education.

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Supply and Demand, October 2013