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Head Start availability and supply gap of childcare slots: A New Jersey study

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Kim, Jeounghee; Wang, Sicheng
Date Issued: 2019
Description: A childcare supply issue received national attention with the passage of Childcare and Development Block Grant Reauthorization Act of 2014. Although Head Start programs may be strategically placed in areas with a potential childcare supply gap, their role in addressing the gap has not been explored in the literature. Using various publicly available aggregate data for New Jersey, this study examined if and to what extent the availability of Head Start programs helped mitigate a supply gap of center-based childcare in the school districts. Our results showed that Head Start availability was related to 84% reduced odds of having a severe childcare supply gap in New Jersey and that it played a significant role in reducing a severe supply gap of center-based childcare. Having a larger population size and a higher per-capita annual income were also important protective factors of a severe childcare supply gap. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Children and Youth Services Review
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Issue Number: 104
Page Range: 1-7
Note: Article 104394. This study is based on data from the NJ OIT Open Data Center, the Head Start Center Locator, and NCES Education Demographic Geographic Estimates.
Topics: Child Care & Early Education Market

Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Programs > Early Head Start/Head Start
Country: United States
States: NEW JERSEY
ISSN: 0190-7409 Paper
1873-7765 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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