Child Care Deserts: Mapping Child Care in the U.S. in 2.2 Million Points

February 25, 2021
10:00 am
February 25, 2021
Jae Gage
Scale Program Manager, Mapbox
Mat Brady
Senior Data Visualization Developer, Center for American Progress
Rasheed A. Malik
Senior Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy at Center for American Progress
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Access to child care in the United States is a critically important and highly complex  topic. So when the public policy experts at The Center for American Progress wanted to create an exploratory interactive map that would empower users to discover the inequities across the U.S., our dev team was motivated to find a solution. And Mapbox was our tool of choice.

The completed project, at, enables users to explore access to child care in the U.S. while also providing a way to see the underlying demographic factors. The primary dot map displays more than 2.2 million points, with six underlying demographic choropleth map layers to help users discover macro and micro trends across the U.S.

Collecting the data and bringing this information to life required an enormous effort with some daunting challenges, and we couldn’t have done it without some of the coolest tools Mapbox has to offer.

Join us to learn more about the project, get a peek behind the scenes at how the map was created, and ask the development team questions.

You’ll learn how to...

  • Develop with the Mapbox “swipe between maps” feature (example here)
  • Integrate huge datasets into Mapbox Studio
  • Style choropleth map layers
  • Design a UI to simplify a complex experience for mobile devices