Official Google blog … Tracking Santa


Join Santa and his elves in the countdown to Christmas Eve

After 11 months soaking up the sun in the tropics, Santa and his elves are back at the North Pole getting ready for Christmas Eve. In addition to making toys, they need to clear the snow off 23 elf homes, candy factories and command centers in Santa’s Village.
Santa’s jet-skiing all the way to the North Pole from his tropical vacation

To join in the flurry of preparations for Christmas Eve, visit the Village every day through December 24.

You’ll have the chance to join the elves as they catapult presents and race with reindeer—and you’ll be able to send holiday wishes to friends and family from Santa himself. The elves make a little more progress each day, so be sure to stop by the Village to see the latest.

Come back to Santa’s Village every day to see the newest games and scenes

Meanwhile, a team of Google engineers are working hard to track Santa’s sleigh with the most advanced maps and holiday technology available. On December 24, grab some cookies and apple cider and settle down in front of your computer, phone or TV to follow the big guy across the globe with our Santa Tracker. See where Santa’s going, the number of presents he’s delivered, and what he’s thinking throughout the evening.
Keep up the holiday cheer across all of your screens. Once the elves approve, we’ll launch the Google Santa Tracker app for Android in mid-December. Use your phone for on-the-go flight practice with the elves or cozy up near the fireplace with your tablet to follow Santa around the world as he delivers presents Christmas Eve. If you have Chromecast, cast from the Santa Tracker Android app to explore the Village or track his route right from your TV. Or, worried you’ll forget the big day? Download the Chrome extension to count down to Santa’s takeoff while browsing the web for holiday gifts.

Help the elves get ready across all your devices
Download the Chrome extension for easy Santa tracking from your browser

Be sure to come back to Santa’s Village each day to find new ways to celebrate—and from all of us at Google, happy holidays!
Posted by Sandy Russell, Elf Creative Director (Cross-posted from the Lat Long Blog)

AMERICA’S CHILD CARE DESERTS


                                                             
There is a serious shortage of child care supply in the United States.
A child care desert is defined as any community “with more than 50 children under age 5 that contains either no child care providers or so few that there are more than 3 times as many children as licensed child care slots.”
For the first time, the Center for American Progress is comprehensively tracking child care deserts in all 50 states.
• According to a new CAP report, 51% of people in the U.S. live in a child care desert.
• Overall, rural areas have the highest concentration of child care deserts.
• Hispanic/Latino populations disproportionately live in these areas.
The report also offers key policy recommendations:
• Improve data collection to help policymakers determine the solutions needed to address the child care supply gap.
• Increase public investments in child care and early education.
• Raise child care subsidy reimbursement rates.
• Invest in child care infrastructure in all child care settings.
Parents shouldn’t have to worry about access to safe, affordable, and available child care.
Check out America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018 and accompanying interactives that map America’s nearly 235,000 licensed child care providers across the country and assess various social factors like race and income by neighborhood.