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Minnesota Child Care Choices: Families' child care expenses and sources of financial support

In Minnesota, a household survey conducted every five years (most recently in 2010) provides details about what families spend on child care and an analysis of how costs differ for families with a range of household incomes. The purpose of this Research Brief is to go beyond information from the 2010 Minnesota Household Child Care Survey by examining how families with low incomes pay for child care, including their use of child care subsidies. The Brief uses data from the Minnesota Child Care Choices Study (see text box) to identify four different "child care payment profiles" and how these profiles are linked to other aspects of child care such as the type of care that is used, parents' perceptions of quality and features of the child care search process. The Brief also analyzes the characteristics of families associated with each of the four payment profiles. (author abstract)
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United States

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