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Early Care and Education Needs Assessment

Needs Assessment

One of the mandated responsibilities of County Child Care Planning Councils is to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the needs and services for early care and education throughout the county. In 1996 the Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council published “Child Care in Santa Barbara County: 1996 Status Report”, and in December 1999 the “Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council Needs Assessment” was completed. In 2005, the Council completed a third meeds assessment "Santa Barbara County - The Status of Early Care and Education".

"Early Care and Education Needed Now!" is the most recent report of early care and education needs and services in Santa Barbara County.

This report was prepared in 2016 based on data gathered from 2012 - 2015.

Direct links to specific information within the document are available in the Table of Contents below. Click here for the Needs Assessment Executive Summary.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER 1: THE QUALITY OF EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION
  • CHAPTER 2: THE PEOPLE OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
  • CHAPTER 3: EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION: NEED AND CAPACITY
  • CHAPTER 4: EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION: COST AND SUBSIDIES
  • CHAPTER 5: EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION: SPECIAL POPULATIONS
  • CHAPTER 6: COUNTYWIDE EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE
  • CONCLUSION

  • Figure 1: Regional Child Population by Age Group
    Figure 2: Need and Capacity for Early Care and Education
    Figure 3: Family Expenses
    Figure 4: Need and Capacity for Publicly Funded Early Care and Education

    Table 1: Programs Accredited or in the Process of Accreditation
    Table 2: Population Change, 2010-14
    Table 3: Number of Children by Age
    Table 4: Percent of County Population by Race/Ethnicity
    Table 5: Percent of Elementary School Population by Race/Ethnicity
    Table 6: Primary Languages Spoken in County Households
    Table 7: Percent of English Learners, Grades K-12, by Region
    Table 8: Percent of Households by Income by Increments
    Table 9: Percent of Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch
    Table 10: Percent of Schools with 65% or more of Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch
    Table 11: Numbers of Families Receiving Public Assistance by Type
    Table 12: Estimated Numbers of Children Needing Early Care and Education
    Table 13: Early Care and Education Capacity – Both Licensed Programs and License-exempt After School Programs
    Table 14: Early Care and Education Need vs. Capacity by Region
    Table 15: Average Month Cost of Early Care and Education
    Table 16: Children Eligible for Publicly Funded Early Care and Education
    Table 17: Educational Attainment by Women Ages 25 and Over
    Table 18: Early Care and Education Need vs. Capacity for Publicly Funded Programs by Region
    Table 19: Number of Children with IFSP or IEP
    Table 20: Children with IFSP or IEP Estimated to Need Early Care and Education Services
    Table 21: Children with IFSP or IEP Enrolled in Publicly Funded Early Care and Education Programs
    Table 22: Children at Risk of Abuse or Neglect
    Table 23: Children of Homeless Families 2013-14
    Table 24: Children of Homeless Families by Type of Shelter 2013-14
    Table 25: Children of Migrant Families
    Table 26: Teen Births in Santa Barbara County
    Table 27: Children of Teen Parents Receiving Services by Region

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