Children's Center teacher Karina Diaz reads a book to preschoolers in the center's large outdoor space.
Newly released data shows Los Angeles county lost more than 11,200 child care slots between 2008 and 2011 due to major cuts in state funds earmarked for early child-care and education programs.
The data released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Children's Data Network shows that $1.2 billion in state funds cuts resulted in the biggest reductions in child care services in more than 60 years.
Researchers say some parents have been forced to quit work or delay educational plans to care for their children.
The Los Angeles Times reports that while services dwindled in low-income communities such as South L.A. and the Antelope Valley, the number of child care slots increased in more affluent communities, such as Santa Monica.
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