Education
Quality Early Childhood Centers


Quality Early Childhood Centers

What does this measure?

The estimated availability of spaces for children up to 4 years old in high quality child care centers. High quality is defined as childcare providers regulated and accredited by one of several national organizations. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of slots by the estimated number of children who need child care (those with parents in the workforce).

Why is this important?

Children placed in high quality care settings are safer and more secure while their parents are at work. They also develop important social and academic skills and are more likely to be ready to start kindergarten.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, an estimated 6.1% of children under 4 who needed care had access to high-quality early childhood centers, up 3.2 percentage points since 2012. The 2016 percentage was less than the statewide rate of 8.8%.

Among the comparison counties, only Schuylkill had a lower rate of access to quality childcare, at 5.5%. Lebanon was higher than Berks, at 7.4%, as were Lehigh, 7.5%, Lancaster, 8.5%, Chester, 11.9%, and Montgomery, 12.2%. Since 2012, Lancaster's percentage rose similarly to Berks, while Schuylkill had a smaller increase (1.9 percentage points). All other counties had larger increases than Berks did, ranging from 4.2 percentage points in Lehigh to 7.2 points in Montgomery.

Notes about the data

Prior to 2014, high quality was defined as regulated child care provider settings accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), National After School Association (NAA), National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) or STAR 4 rating through Keystone STARS. In 2016, high quality was defined as those regulated child care provider settings accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) or STAR 4 rating through Keystone STARS. Beginning with 2012, additional provider characteristics provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning were included in the calculation. This allowed for a more accurate estimation of availability by age group. Care should be taken when comparing data prior to 2012 to estimates from 2012 and later.

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Quality Early Childhood Centers
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Pennsylvania3%3%3%3%3%4%5%8%8%9%
Berks County2%3%3%2%3%3%4%5%5%6%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3%4%3%4%4%5%6%8%10%12%
Lancaster County3%3%3%4%4%5%6%8%9%9%
Lebanon County1%1%1%2%1%1%3%6%6%7%
Lehigh County4%3%3%3%4%3%3%7%8%8%
Montgomery County4%3%3%4%4%5%7%10%12%12%
Schuylkill County1%4%4%4%3%4%4%4%8%6%

Source: KidsCount




Number of Quality Early Childhood Centers
2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Pennsylvania13,75414,34114,42315,41816,06720,71223,39537,15640,25042,767
Berks County3322964203854384917178759801,122
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4764356377357351,1081,2171,7191,9302,266
Lancaster County4684326056527579971,2421,6001,8401,733
Lebanon County3636351057088181350368368
Lehigh County4324353854615314644931,1471,1791,171
Montgomery County1,1631,0919831,1231,2031,6732,3793,4624,1764,155
Schuylkill County36144178178178214227213284284

Source: KidsCount




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Occupied Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing