This fact sheet provides key information about licensed family child care providers. Understanding the characteristics of these child
care providers can help to ensure that programs and agencies more effectively serve them. Key characteristics reported here include
the ages, linguistic background, and ethnicity of the providers. It also examines providers’ background and training and providers’
financial situation. Specifically, it describes the characteristics of the providers who participated in the California Child Care
Research Partnership during the first two project years (2013-14 and 2014-15). The participants were not representative of any
larger populations; they are compared with other representative samples whenever possible. Data were collected in two samples:
• Sample 1 was drawn from selected areas of Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County (SoCal: LA/SB). It is
predominantly urban (73%) and suburban (25%) with few rural providers (2%).
• Sample 2 was drawn from Contra Costa County, El Dorado County, and Sacramento County (NoCal: CoCo/ElDo/Sac)and includes many urban (51%) and suburban (36%) as well as a larger proportion of rural providers (13%).
Surveys were mailed to all licensed family child care (FCC) providers in the selected areas and providers chose whether or not to
return their surveys. Both samples included approximately even numbers of providers with large and small licenses.