• NEW! Alameda County Comprehensive Needs Assessment 2021

    The 2021 Alameda County Early Care and Education Needs Assessment is an essential tool for early care and education planners and the field in understanding the pre-COVID state of our ECE system. The rich data is intended to assist with identifying pre-existing and emerging needs from the field, and to capture the impact of the County’s child care emergency response to COVID-19 from March to December of 2020, including the early impact of shutting down the economy and schools, and the required adjustments by providers. 

    The Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council is charged in statute to complete a Needs Assessment every five years. The current Planning Council leadership recognized the importance of gathering updated data at this critical juncture for the field. With support from First 5 Alameda County, ​Alameda County ECE Program staff, interns, the advice and expertise from early care and education community stakeholders, the comprehensive Needs Assessment was created.

    The Planning Council is extremely gratefule to First 5 Alameda County and our community for supporting this undertaking. Access the report here.

    City Data

    Alameda County has 14 incorporated cities and four unincorporated areas, two of which are the municipalities of San Lorenzo and Castro Valley. A number of years ago the ECE Planning Council conducted in-depth research on child care for each municipality. This information is useful for elected officials, city and county planners, city staff, as well as child care providers and advocates. Please feel free to download and disseminate this information, and contact us if you have any comments or questions.