A new study from the UC Berkeley Early Childhood Think Tank and the American Institutes for Research found that the San Joaquin Valley doesn’t have enough daycare and preschool spots for its population of young children, which will continue to grow through 2030.
The shortage affects both middle- and working-class families, the latter of whom face waits for subsidies while the former shoulder steep tuition costs for full-time care. Both groups have to contend with a scarcity of openings in licensed programs.
Meanwhile, early learning providers scramble to keep their programs in the black, weighing high tuition against paying their teachers and aides a fair wage.
“Our lack of childcare is actually a really stupid economic policy,” said Bruce Fuller, one of the authors of the study.
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