Posted on March 13, 2023
Advocates for Children of New Jersey's latest report, Still No Room for Babies: Child Care Staffing Crisis Impacts Supply of Infant-Toddler Child Care, reveals a widespread shortage of infant and toddler child care. A statewide survey of child care centers serving infants and toddlers found that licensed centers have the capacity to serve approximately 68,000 infants and toddlers, however are typically serving closer to 55,000 children. This potentially leaves more than 150,000 very young children in New Jersey without the option of center-based care. The primary reason centers reported serving fewer children than they have the capacity to serve is that they cannot find enough staff to work in the infant and toddler room. Read the report to learn of the challenges leading to infant-toddler child care deserts across the state.