AIR’s Early Learning Needs Assessment Tool allows users to create custom reports by county and California legislative district, with zip code detail, regarding the supply of and demand for early care and education. Data are available by age cohort for children 0-5, with some information available on school-aged children. Information available through this tool includes, by geographic area and age cohort:

  • The estimated number of children
  • Number of kindergartners
  • Number of English learners
  • Number of children estimated to be eligible for California’s State Preschool/Title 5 Child Development programs
  • Number of children enrolled in various early care and education programs, including Transitional Kindergarten, State Preschool, Head Start, Title 5 family child care homes, CalWORKS stages 2 and 3

These data have been compiled from multiple sources (including the American Community Survey PUMS data, California Department of Education, California Department of Social Services, an AIR-administered survey of Head Start programs, and California Child Care Resource and Referral Network). Data are available for 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and now 2020, selected variables.

NOTE: The Census Bureau did not release its standard 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) estimates because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Census Bureau released experimental estimates. Because the ELNAT relies on ACS data, we chose to use 2019 ACS data instead of using 2020 experimental estimates for the 2020 ELNAT updates.

To subscribe to this tool, please contact Emily Weinberg at for more information.

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