Understanding the potential child care needs for parents who work early in the morning, evenings, nights, and weekends has become a growing concern for policymakers trying to make child care more accessible. Families working these nontraditional (NTH) schedules—defined here as anytime outside of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays—can face extra challenges finding child care, and the types of care they use are less supported by public funds (Adams et al. 2021a–c; Sandstrom 2018). Using data from the 2015-19 American Community Survey and 2016 Survey of Income and Program Participation, we estimated the potential demand for child care during these nontraditional hours (NTH). (author abstract)
Comparing potential demand for nontraditional-hour child care and planned policies across states
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