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Percent of children under age 6 with all parents working that can be served by regulated child care capacity in Montana

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Definition and Source



Percent of children age birth to 5 with all parents working that can be served by the regulated child care capacity. Percent is calculated as: child care capacity/(population age birth to 5*percent of all parents working).

Types of regulated facilities included in the total: Child Care Center, Group Child Care, Family Friend Neighbor, Relative Care Exempt, Legally Certified Care (In Home), and Legally Certified Care. Note: Legally Certified Care (In Home) and Legally Certified Care types ended in 9/30/19. Relative Care Exempt and Family Friend Neighbor types began 10/1/19. Head Start programs that are state licensed are included in the capacity count.

Not all children under the age of 6 with all parents working will need child care, so this percentage is not expected to be 100%. However, this measure provides an estimate for how many children with working parents could be served by the regulated capacity. 

Regulated capacity serves children up to age 12 who need care, however this percent just compares regulated capacity to children under age 6, who typically need full day care prior to attending school.

Data Source

Child care capacity: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Early Childhood and Family Support Division
Population age birth to 5: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program
Children with all parents working: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates, Table B23008


DATE - Child care capacity matches data for state fiscal year (July-June). Population estimates are for the vintage year prior matching the beginning of the state fiscal year. Census data for percent of all parents working matches the five-year ACS estimates from the year prior. Example: 2020 data matches state fiscal year 2020 (July 2019-June 2020), population estimates from 2019, and Census estimates from 2015-2019.

Last Updated

December 2023