Fact Sheet Austin/Travis County Parents’ Experiences with Nontraditional-Hour Child Care
Jonah Norwitt, Laura Wagner, Eve Mefferd, Dawn Dow, Diane Schilder, Cary Lou
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This fact sheet presents findings that are most relevant to parents from a study of nontraditional-hour child care in Austin/Travis County. Findings are based on an analysis of data collected through interviews and focus groups and analyses of survey and administrative data.

Key findings:

  • Nearly one-third of children with working parents (or about 18,000 children) in Austin/Travis County have parents who work during nontraditional hours, but only about 2,000 regulated child care spaces are available during nontraditional hours.
  • Austin/Travis County parents limit work and education because child care is not available during nontraditional hours.
  • Parents need more information about available nontraditional-hour child care, including backup child care and ways to engage informal networks.
Research Areas Children and youth Families Immigration Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity Social safety net Workforce
Tags Alternative or nonstandard work arrangements Black/African American communities Child care Child care and early childhood education Child care and workers Child care subsidies Children's budget Kids in context Immigrant access to the safety net Immigrant children, families, and communities Immigrant communities and racial equity Immigrant communities demographics and trends Job markets and labor force Job opportunities Workers in low-wage jobs Job quality and workplace standards Work-family balance Early childhood education Employment Families with low incomes Family and household data Latinx communities Race, gender, class, and ethnicity Racial and ethnic disparities Racial inequities in employment Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Research Methods Data analysis Qualitative data analysis Quantitative data analysis
States Texas
Counties Travis County
Cities Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX
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