Understanding the needs of working parents in the San Diego region
As we recover from the pandemic, understanding the needs of children, working parents and care providers is essential to constructing a more resilient future. This report aims to provide a regionalized picture of the current perspectives of working parents, capacity of the childcare provider industry, and the role that access to quality, affordable care plays in ensuring parents can remain engaged in the workforce.
Explore how the needs of working parents are key to reimagining how we work, strengthening the local workforce, and bolstering the regional economy.
Gain insight into the needs of working parents, gathered by surveying more than 800 parents in the San Diego region.
Explore findings related to childcare supply and demand, including the results of a survey of over 900 local childcare providers.
Learn how employers can be part of the solution to support working families in our region while strengthening organizational attraction and retention.
This regional picture has been informed by surveying over 850 parents, completed in June 2021 and February 2022, conducted by FM3 Research and commissioned by The San Diego Foundation for the purpose of better understanding the perspectives of working parents in the San Diego region. A parent focus group was also administered by FM3 Research. Also featured is the University of San Diego’s report Childcare Landscape: April 2022, which was sponsored by The San Diego Foundation, and provides insights into the local childcare industry capacity. Additional references are included, and noted in each section.
We would like to thank the partners and stakeholders who took the time to provide valuable input to this report.
Katie Rast, The San Diego Foundation
Lani Bautista Cabanilla, The San Diego Foundation
Victoria Calisch, The San Diego Foundation
Joy Decena, The San Diego Foundation
Emily Field, Robert Half International, Inc.
Kyra R. Green, PhD, Center on Policy Initiatives
Jon Haber, The San Diego Foundation
Eduardo Velasquez, San Diego Regional EDC
Produced by The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego
Research led by Tessa Tinkler and Mehrnoush Jamshidi
First 5 San Diego, San Diego County Office of Education & YMCA of San Diego, with input from Alethea Arguilez, Laurie Han, Lucia Garay, Shelby Gomez, Kim McDougal
Conducted by FM3 Research
Research led by Richard Bernard, Adam Sonenshein, Laura Covarrubias
Provided by Children First Collective participants:
Roberto Alcantar, Miren Algorri, Alethea Arguilez, Courtney Baltiyskyy, Jolie Buberl, Lucia Garay, Blake Hofstad, Erin Hogeboom, Martin Huici, Laura Kohn, Robin Layton, Kim McDougal, Rick Richardson, David Sheppard, Lynn Twork
Provided by San Diego Regional EDC
This effort was managed by the Community Impact team at The San Diego Foundation, led by Pamela Gray Payton, in alignment with the goals of the Early Childhood Initiative.