Fact Sheet When Are Children in Nontraditional-Hour Child Care?
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Findings from An Analysis of the 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE)
Cary Lou, Diane Schilder, Laura Wagner
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This snapshot analyzes 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) data to examine when young children were in nonparental care during nontraditional hours (NTH)—before 7:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends.

Key findings:

  • Children were most commonly in NTH care on weekends and weekday evenings.
  • Children were least likely to be in NTH care overnight on weekdays.
  • During weekdays, children were most likely to be in NTH care in the hours right before and after traditional hours.

To equitably meet the child care needs of children who need care during NTH, policies should account for when children are in care.

Research Areas Children and youth Families Economic mobility and inequality Race and equity Workforce
Tags Early childhood education Employment and income data Racial inequities in employment Work supports
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Research Methods Data analysis Quantitative data analysis Research methods and data analytics
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