Data and Research
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) collects statewide data on the supply and demand of licensed or certified child care. CCR&R can provide statistical information about child care in Arizona for organizations that are developing strategies or initiatives to improve the quality of child care in Arizona. CCR&R is also able to provide a mailing list of providers for non-commercial or non-solicitation use.
For mailing lists or statistical requests please contact Michelle Saint Hilarie, Senior Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1.520.320.4038 or Carina Rubio, Assistant Program Director at email@example.com or by calling 1.520.320.4037.
Child Care State Fact Sheets
According to the 2013 Census Bureau report Who’s Minding the Kids, Child Care Arrangements “Every week in the United States, child care providers care for nearly 11 million children younger than age 5 whose parents are working. On average, these children spend 36 hours a week in child care, and one quarter (nearly 3 million) are in multiple child care arrangements due to the traditional and nontraditional working hours of their parents.”
Child Care Resource & Referral - ARIZONA in partnership with Child Care Aware of America work together to provide data and information about the landscape of child care in Arizona. The annual State Fact Sheets provide community leaders and policymakers with important data regarding the standing of quality child care and early learning in your respective state. Learn more about Arizona's child care facts by clicking on the reports below:
- 2017 Arizona State Fact Sheet
- 2017 Arizona CCR&R Activities Fact Sheet
- 2017 Arizona Initiatives Fact Sheet
- 2016 Arizona State Fact Sheet
- 2016 Arizona CCR&R Activities Fact Sheet
- 2016 Arizona Initiatives Fact Sheet
Parents and the High Cost of Child Care
Child care is expensive—this is not new. In fact, our recently released 10th edition of the Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report reveals a continued trend of the burden that families face in finding and funding quality child care. In this year’s report, we were excited to work with a few selected states on county-level examinations of cost data in Arizona.
We invite you to download the Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016 report and explore information on the cost and affordability of child care in Arizona including county-level data.
- To view the appendixes only, please click here.
- To view the interactive map for more data, please click here.
- 2015 Average Annual Cost of Full-Time Care Compared to Median Household Income for Married Couples by County in Arizona
Key Findings From the County-Level Examination of Arizona
Our initial review of Arizona’s county-level data revealed the cost of family child care for 4-year-olds was greater than the cost of center-based 4-year-old care (which is the opposite of what we typically see). As we learned more about what’s happening in Arizona, we determined public preschools are likely reporting low rates for center-based care due to statewide child care subsidies for these programs in Arizona. This suggests to us that, in Arizona, state-funded pre-kindergarten can make child care more affordable for families. In addition, other key findings include:
- The least affordable county for center-based infant care in Arizona is La Paz County, a very rural area in Arizona (17.3%).
- The least affordable county for infant family child care in Arizona is Gila County.
- More than 60 percent of all providers are located in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix.
Early Childhood research is critical to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens by age five. Below are some resources where you can find more information about early childhood research.
Center for the Developing Child are Harvard University
First Things First (FTF):
National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER):
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, a publication of NAEYC:
Environmental Health Perspectivces (EHP):