This fact sheet briefly presents key findings from a study of nontraditional-hour child care in Austin/Travis County that are most relevant to local policymakers. Findings are based on an analysis of data collected through interviews and focus groups and analyses of survey and administrative data.
- About one-third, or about 18,000 young children, in Austin/Travis County need nontraditional-hour child care, but only about 2,000 regulated child care spaces are available during nontraditional hours.
- In Travis County, the lack of child care during nontraditional hours disproportionately affects families already affected by structural racism and lack of workforce opportunities.
- Austin/Travis County study participants reported a range of consequences from inadequate supply of nontraditional-hour child care, including decreased financial well-being for families and reduced ability to access talented employees for businesses.
- Policymakers can take action to increase the supply of nontraditional-hour child care to meet families’ needs. Actions include pilot testing strategies and exercising flexibility to create policies to support the types of home-based care that parents prefer during many nontraditional-hour periods.