SNCS and PCOE provide free childcare referrals to anyone in the community regardless of income. Just as low-income families are impacted by the high price of childcare, they also suffer disproportionately from childcare shortages. Access to childcare is hardest for low-income working families who are not on welfare. In 2012, 58% of preschool age children qualified for state preschool (under 70% of state median income). In Nevada County, 61% of preschool age children qualified.
In North Lake Tahoe, the number of childcare slots has dropped from 305 in 2007 to 250 in 2013.