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Early care and education arrangements of children under age five


This analysis shows how nonparental care arrangements of children under age five have changed over two decades. Although the percentage of young children receiving regular care from persons other than their parents remained stable at almost 60 percent during this period, young children are more likely to receive care from center programs or relatives than they were in the mid-1990s, and they are less likely to receive care in family child care settings. When children participate in nonparental care settings, their families are less likely to pay for these arrangements than in the past. These findings should be interpreted in the context of federal and state policymaking focused on improving the quality of subsidized early care and education. The period covered by this analysis corresponds with a period of substantial increases in the number of children served in state-funded Pre-K programs, which could have influenced care arrangements for parents of three and four year old children, and increases in the number of families receiving child care subsidies. (author abstract)

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