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Child Care Study

Findings on current infrastructure and projected workforce needs to expand early learning and care for infants and children through age five

Washington County Public Health, in partnership with Community Action Organization and United Way of the Columbia Willamette, contracted with ECONorthwest to conduct an analysis of current infrastructure and projected workforce needs to expand early learning and care for infants and children through age five. The study was funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The documents below represent tasks assigned to ECONorthwest for study. The first document is a summary of findings followed by individual analyses of four subject areas.

Washington County Early Child Care Analysis Final Summary Report (PDF 1.34 MB)
Summary of findings on child care across the primary research areas including demographics and jobs; child care capacity; zoning, land use and commercial real estate; gaps in care; and workforce development case studies.
Demographics, Population Forecast and Job Cluster Analysis (PDF 1.29 MB)
Describes the current population, projections for future growth, and analysis of existing and future job locations within the county.
Child Care Capacity Analysis (PDF 770.92 KB)
Describes availability of child care by provider type, location and other descriptive factors. Also includes details from a provider survey on desire and ability to expand.
Child Care Gaps and Workforce Development Analysis (PDF 1.24 MB)
Describes the gap between current capacity and capacity needed in terms of infrastructure and workforce. The case studies detail efforts in other parts of the state to train, develop and support the early learning and care workforce.
Zoning, Process and Case Study Cost Analysis (PDF 942.49 KB)
Describes zoning, commercial space availability, development costs, and processes associated with residential and commercial child care facility development.

Contact [email protected] for more information about this study. 

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