The Number of Child Care Arrangements Used by Children Under Five

Brief

The Number of Child Care Arrangements Used by Children Under Five

Variation Across States

Abstract

38 percent of children in nonparental care have more than one regular child care arrangement each week. Most of these children are in two arrangements. Low-income and higher-income families are equally likely to use multiple arrangements. Three- and four-year-olds were more than three times as likely to be in three or more arrangements than children younger than three. Of those children that use two or more arrangements, two-thirds are in a combination of formal (centers and family child care homes) and informal (relatives and baby-sitters) arrangements.

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