Child Care State Reports . III. Gaps in Child Care Supply [7]

12/01/1999

  • Not all providers in Florida accept children who receive subsidies.  According to information from the two child care resource and referral agencies that serve the city of Miami (Greater Dade County), only 50 percent of centers, 32 percent of family homes and 35 percent of accredited care centers in the northern part of Dade County accept subsidies.**  In the remainder of Dade County, it is harder to find providers who serve subsidized children; 32 percent of centers, 21 percent of family homes and 25 percent of accredited care centers accept subsidized children.
  • In a June 1998 report entitled "Charting the Progress of Child Care in Florida," the Florida Children’s Forum described a shortage in the supply of child care for infants and toddlers, school-age children, during non-traditional hours, and for sick or special needs children.8  Specifically:
    • The Florida Children’s Forum report estimates that the supply of child care in Florida meets only 34 percent of the need for care for children zero to 3 years old and only 32 percent of the need for school-aged children.
    • The need for odd-hour care is steadily increasing in Florida, due in part to growth in employment among former welfare recipients.
    • Only 3 percent of Florida’s child care providers report serving children with special needs.
    • Until recently, only hospitals could provide sick child care.  During the 1999 legislative session, Florida passed legislation allowing child care centers to care for mildly ill children.