Childcare shortage is a reality in rural areas – including LqP County

Access to quality childcare is a concern for most families in LqP County. It is difficult to find. Many parents drive hours each week to accommodate childcare. And some families are forced to opt into split shifts, reduced hours or one spouse discontinuing work because they can’t find child care.

The Center for Rural Policy and Development finds that:

  • Child care centers don’t happen on their own in most rural areas, but partnerships among providers, businesses, nonprofits, local government and religious organizations can offer creative solutions.
  • Helping rural providers keep costs down, whether through scholarships for training or increases in CCAP, will help with that very tight profit margin.
  • Aligning with school districts could help give providers the resources to care for children of immigrants and children with special needs.