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Florida’s 2021 Child Care Survey

The results of our statewide survey on the challenges and experiences parents have encountered relating to child care in Florida.

Special Summit Presentation: Key Findings from Florida’s 2021 Child Care Survey

Learn about the key findings of this survey and discuss a way forward for Florida child care in a special panel as part of our Built to Thrive Virtual Summit on September 8, from 10 am to noon.

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The Children’s Movement of Florida wanted a clear picture of the challenges families have encountered in their search for and experience with child care in Florida.

In June and July 2021, we conducted online surveys in both English and Spanish.

Methods: +6,400 Florida parents and guardians of children ages 0-6


  • We received 5,845 responses in English and 639 responses in Spanish. Due to the relatively low number of Spanish responses, our Spanish data may not be representative compared to the larger sample size of the English survey. When added together for a total, the Spanish data does not significantly change the results viewed in English. We present both results for your information but suggest you take the English results as the most representative snapshot of the state.
  • We are grateful to the numerous parents who took the time to complete our survey, which averaged at about 8 minutes to complete. Given the length, we understand long-answer questions are more work-intensive for respondents, and as a result we had fewer substantive responses to qualitative questions.
  • Given that the survey was only offered online, those who do not have reliable or regular access to the Internet may not be fully represented in our findings.


  • We had the unique challenge of wanting to offer parents the opportunity to distinguish between up to three different children’s experiences in child care. In the end, the majority of our responses were gathered in the Child #1 section of our survey, with participation dropping drastically for Child #2 and #3. This survey design made it difficult to aggregate statewide data, particularly across English and Spanish versions of the survey. As such, much of the data shown is just from the Child #1 section.
  • We did not have the resources and network to create and circulate a Creole version of the survey and as a result, the Haitian population may not be fully represented in our findings.

Key Findings

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Survey Demographics