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Spending Up, but California Lacks Day Care


July 22, 2002
AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Barbara Whitaker
The New York Times

Although spending for child care has nearly quadrupled since 1996 in California, only one in seven parents is able to find a preschool or center-based care in the state, according to a study released Friday. Policy Analysis for California Education, a university-based independent research center, found that despite a $12 billion investment since 1996, which led to an increase of just under a half-million child care slots, the supply was outstripped.