Reinvestment Fund’s Policy Solutions team has developed an approach to modeling the supply (total, state certified, rated high-quality), demand, and also the gaps in care across localities. The analysis has been successfully applied to Philadelphia, PA, the five-county Atlanta, GA region, Newark, NJ, Passaic County, NJ, and Washington, DC.
Because there is typically no single data source for this information, the model statistically estimates the supply of and demand for child care by combining multiple datasets. Additionally, in each study area, Reinvestment Fund assembles a stakeholder group of local early childhood experts to vet the data and review statistical and spatial methods to ensure results show an accurate portrait of child care. Explore some examples of the work: