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


  • Not all providers in Louisiana accept children who receive subsidies. Of the providers registered with the Agenda for Children-Child Care Resources, which serves 11 of the 64 parishes in the state, 57 percent of centers and 45 percent of family child care homes accept subsidies. Only 50 percent of accredited centers serve subsidized children.
    • Providers may be unwilling to accept subsidized children, or may limit their enrollment, when the state reimbursement rates are lower than their prices (see the example in section II). As a result, families receiving subsidies may have limited choices of caregivers.
  • Staff from the resource and referral agency report shortages in the supply of various types of care in the 11 parishes they serve in Louisiana. Staff believe that the most severe areas of need are for infant care, school-age care, care during odd hours and care for children who have special needs or are ill. Specifically:
    • School-age care is limited to some child care centers and some schools in many of the parishes in Louisiana served by the Agenda for Children-Child Care Resources. To participate in school-based care, children must attend a school that provides a school-age child care program.
    • Care during odd hours is very scarce in Louisiana. For example, only 4 of 447 centers in Orleans and Jefferson parishes provide care during non-traditional hours.
    • Care for sick children is not available from any of the centers in the Agency for Children-Child Care Resources’ database, which covers 11 Louisiana parishes.