Brief Children in Low-Income Families Are Less Likely to Be in Center-Based Child Care
Jeffrey Capizzano, Gina Adams
Display Date
Download Report
(89.64 KB)

Some 73 percent of children under age 5 with working mothers are regularly in child care, data from the 2002 National Survey of America's Families shows. Children in low-income families are more likely than higher-income children to be placed in relative care (30 percent compared with 24 percent). Data also reveal that 46 percent of higher-income 3- and 4-year-olds are in center-based care compared with 36 percent of low-income children.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Child care