Estimates of Child Care Eligibility and Receipt for Fiscal Year 2009. Unmarried Cohabiting Parents

09/01/2012

Several recent methodological improvements are particularly noteworthy.13 One improvement was implemented in 2006. As a result of improvements made to the Current Population Survey (CPS), the estimates since 2006 are able to include all unmarried parents living with their children when determining the eligible population. In previous estimates before 2006, only one of the unmarried parents could be considered in the eligibility determination process because of data limitations. Had the improvements made to the CPS been unavailable for the 2006 estimate, the number of children estimated to be federally-eligible for subsidies would have been 516,000 children14 higher (an increase of about 4 percent), and the percent served would have been 0.6 percentage points lower (16.6 percent instead of 17.2 percent).

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