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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. Copies of both documents are available by contacting the Council Office, sbcccpc@sbceo.org. In 2005, the Council completed a third meeds assessment "Santa Barbara County - The Status of Early Care and Education".

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

This report was first prepared in 2010 based on data gathered in 2009. Information in the report will be updated regularly as new data becomes available. Thus, it is important to note the date associated with the tables and charts in the document.

Direct links to specific information within the document are available in the Table of Contents below.

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Early Care and Education Program Quality
  • Table 1: Programs Accredited or in the Process of Accreditation
    Table 2: Education Levels of Early Care and Education Workforce Applying to STAR
    Table 3: Education Levels of Early Care and Education Workforce Applying to STAR by Region
    Table 4: Early Care and Education Workforce Hourly Salary Ranges by Region, 2005
    Table 5: Hourly Salary of Early Care and Education Workforce Applying to STAR, 2009
    Table 6: GreenCare Providers in Santa Barbara County
  • Chapter 2: The People of Santa Barbara County
  • Table 7: Population Change, 2000-2006
    Table 8: Number of Children by Age
    Figure 1: Regional Child Population by Age Group
    Table 9: County Population by Race/Ethnicity
    Table 10: Elementary School Population by Race/Ethnicity
    Table 11: Primary Languages Spoken in County Households
    Table 12: English Language Learners, Grades K-12, by Region
    Table 13: Percent of Households by Income in $20,000 Increments
    Table 14: Percent of Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch
    Table 15: Percent of Schools with 65% or more of Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch
    Table 16: Numbers of Families Receiving Public Assistance by Type
    Table 17: Educational Attainment by Women Ages 25 and Over
  • Chapter 3: Early Care and Eduction: Need and Capacity
  • Table 18: Estimated Numbers of Children Needing Early Care and Education
    Table 19: Licensed Early Care and Education Capacity
    Figure 2: Need and Capacity for Early Care and Education
    Table 20: Early Care and Education Need vs Capacity by Region
  • Chapter 4: Cost of Early Care and Education Subsidized
  • Table 21: Average Monthly Cost of Early Care and Education
    Figure 3: Portion of Income Needed to Pay for Basic Family Needs
    Table 22: Children Eligible for Publicly Funded Early Care and Education
    Table 23: Publicly Funded Early Care and Educaiton Spaces by Type
    Figure 4: Need and Capacity for Publicly Funded Early Care and Education
    Table 24: Early Care and Education Need vs Capacity for Publicly Funded Programs by Region
    Table 25: Number of Children on the Centralized Eligibility List
  • Chapter 5: Special Needs for Early Care and Education
  • Table 26: Number of Children with IFSP or IEP
    Table 27: Children with IFSP or IEP Estimated to Need Early Care and Education Services
    Table 28: Children with IFSP or IEP Enrolled in Publicly Funded Early Care and Education
    Table 29: Children at Risk of Abuse or Neglect
    Table 30: Children of Homeless Families
    Table 31: Children of Homeless Families by Type of Shelter
    Table 32: Children of Migrant Families
    Table 33: Migrant Head Start Capacity
    Table 34: Teen Births in Santa Barbara County
    Table 35: Children Receiving CalSAFE Services by Region
  • Chapter 6: The Early Care and Education Infrastructure of Santa Barbara County
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Return to top of page

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