PROJECTInforming Policy Decisions about Nontraditional-Hour Child Care

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More than one in three children younger than age 6 with working parents have parents who work early in the mornings, evenings, nights, or weekends. Understanding the child care needs of parents who work nontraditional hours (NTH) is a growing concern for policymakers trying to make child care more accessible. In the products below, Urban researchers are exploring key questions, such as how many children have parents working NTH schedules, what the characteristics of families are who work these hours, what parents recommend is the best care for their children, and what policy contexts affect parents’ NTH child care options.

Nontraditional-Hour Child Care in Austin/Travis County

Insights from Interviews, Focus Groups, and Analyses of Supply and Demand

Answers to Questions about Child Care Preferences and Use during Nontraditional Hours

Findings from Analyses of the 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education 

Exploring Potential Demand and Parental Preferences for Nontraditional-Hour Child Care in Three Sites

Findings from parent interviews

Findings from analyses of the American Community Survey and Survey of Income and Program Participation on the incidence of nontraditional-hour work for parents in select sites

Comparing Potential Demand for Nontraditional-Hour Child Care and Planned Policies across States

Study of Nontraditional-Hour Child Care in the District of Columbia

Ensuring Access to Quality Child Care for Four Priority Populations (Including Families Needing Nontraditional-Hour Child Care)

Assessing the Child Care Arrangements of Mothers Working Nontraditional Hours

Research Areas Children and youth Families
Cities Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX
Counties Travis County
Tags Child care
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population