Childcare Map

Childcare Map helps Philadelphians make decisions about childcare.

Collection Process: TRF culled childcare data for the City of Philadelphia from various sources, and incorporated data from the Census related to demographics, income, poverty, and transportation. TRF also gathered overlays of various city boundaries from OpenDataPhilly and other local sources. More information on sources is available at

Data Purpose: TRF collected the data to provide as clear a picture as possible of the supply of and demand for childcare in the city, and to better understand where the gaps are so that stakeholders can work to address them. Intended Audience: Childcare providers, investors, policy makers, and parents. Why Collected: High-quality childcare supports positive child development and prepares children for success in school and beyond. As such, accessing high-quality care is important for the well-being of neighborhoods and families. By identifying areas where shortages of high-quality childcare exist, policymakers and investors can work towards increasing access for all.

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Created December 8, 2014, 22:46 (UTC)
Area of Interest City of Philadelphia
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Maintainer Phone 215-574-5866
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Metadata Notes Childcare Supply, Demand and Shortage Data There is no single data source that permits the adequate modeling of the supply and quality of child care. Nor is there a single source of data that indicates the demand for childcare services. And where demand data exist, it is inadequate because there is no clear indication of which children are in child care and which are not; which are in child care near where their parents live or near where they work. Because of this, TRF statistically estimated both the supply of and demand for child care by combining data from several different databases to best approximate both sides of the supply/demand equation. The shortage in child care was measured generally in two ways: absolute and relative. The absolute shortage is the raw difference between supply and demand. The relative shortage is a measure that makes statistical adjustments for existing shortages in the market. Absolute and relative shortages were subdivided to offer specific gap measures for total supply, certified supply and high-quality supply (defined as centers with a Keystone STARS 3- or 4-star rating). Every census block group in the city of Philadelphia has multiple supply, demand and shortage measures. Each of the shortage measures is instructive of the nature of the required programmatic or investment activity (e.g., invest in getting existing uncertified supply certified, upgrading existing certified supply, creating new high-quality supply). For a more detailed description of the data and methodology, please see TRF’s forthcoming childcare report. Census: Decennial Census and American Community Survey For a detailed description of the census sources used in this mapping tool, including the difference between the decennial census and the American Community Survey as well as how percent change calculations are done between various years, please see the census entry in PolicyMap’s Data Directory.
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