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Early Care & Learning


Indicators help us measure exactly where and how our state needs to focus resources in order to improve early care and learning.


Child Care Deserts

Did you know that in Oklahoma 55 percent of people live in a child care desert?

A child care desert is defined as any cenus tract with more than 50 children under age five that contains either no child care providers or so few that there are more than three times as many children as licensed child care slots. 

In fact, according to the Center for American Progress, over one million (or 68 percent) Oklahomans living in a rural area are in a child care desert. Available child care is especially low among certain populations — 57 percent of Hispanic/Latino families struggle to find licensed child care providers.

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