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Constraints of Care: Child Care and Early Education Accessibility in Tucson

Authors: Kara Haberstock Tanoue*, University of Arizona - Community Research, Evaluation, & Development (CRED) Team, Family & Consumer Sciences, Madeleine deBlois, University of Arizona - Community Research, Evaluation, & Development (CRED) Team, Family & Consumer Sciences, Michele E. Walsh, University of Arizona - Community Research, Evaluation, & Development (CRED) Team, Family & Consumer Sciences
Topics: Urban Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Women
Keywords: access, urban geography, GIS, family studies
Session Type: Guided Poster
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Despite the important role that early care and education plays in both parental, particularly maternal, employment and child well-being, access to quality, affordable early care and educational opportunities remains limited in many areas of the United States. This study examines factors constraining access to early care and education opportunities in Tucson, Arizona, as well as who in the city is most likely to face barriers in accessing care. We explore multiple dimensions of access, from place-based spatial accessibility measured through a two-step floating catchment area (2SFCA) method to temporal, informational, and financial constraints that may prevent families from utilizing formal care arrangements. As Arizona and many other states consider initiative to expand access to early care and education, we consider the implications of commonly proposed initiatives within the current landscape of child care access.

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