Child Care Deserts Across Texas

With support from the Kellogg Foundation, CHILDREN AT RISK presents the Texas Child Care Desert Map — an interactive tool to explore the local availability of child care across the state of Texas.

Does the supply of child care in your area meet the demand for services among children of working parents? View the map to find out whether your zip code is a child care desert.

The map shows four different types of child care deserts:

  • Child care deserts
  • Subsidized child care deserts
  • Texas Rising Star (TRS) deserts
  • TRS Level 4 deserts

After exploring the data, read an in-depth analysis here of child care deserts across the state, with breakdowns by county.

Quality child care options for low-income families through the subsidy system are particularly scarce. Only 16% of providers are part of the state’s Texas Rising Star (TRS) quality rating system and 97% of all low-income children live in a TRS desert. Read more here about the availablilty of quality child care and the importance of quality options for our most vulnerable Texans.

Follow our Texas Tour! CHILDREN AT RISK is traveling across the state to present our findings on child care deserts and to discuss how to improve access to quality child care. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Stay tuned for city-specific analyses.

Finally, you can read more details about the methodology behind our estimates of child care deserts here.

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