School-age Supply and Demand: Child Care Access and Equity

School-age Supply and Demand: Child Care Access and Equity

Megan Pratt
Bobbie Weber
Michaella Sektnan
Shannon Caplan
Laurie Houston
Organizational Affiliation(s)
Oregon State University
Publication Date


This is part 2 of the second of three reports submitted to the Legislative Task Force on Access to Quality Affordable Child Care as instructed by House Bill 2346. The study provides a picture of known child care for school children (ages 6-12 years) across the state as well as examines how rurality and demographic characteristics of children, families, and their community are associated with the school-age child care supply. Because school-age child care largely occurs outside of the regulated child care, school-age care differs in meaningful ways from the care of young children. Results show there is inadequate child care supply for school-age children across the state, and in particular, across rural Oregon communities. On a community indicator level, we expect that community differences do exist, but we could not detect those differences due to the scarcity of known school-age care across the state.

This report focuses on child care access for school-age children (6-12 years), whereas a companion report focuses on care for young children (0-5 years).

Contact info

Oregon Child Care Research Partnership