Families on TANF in Illinois: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table D.16 Child Care Use and Problems (Percentages)


Table D.16
Child Care Use and Problems
  Cases With Child Under Age 6a Cases With Child Between Age 6 and 12 Cases With Child Under Age 13
Used Child Care During the Past Yearb 47 52 48
Received Child Care Subsidyc 62 66 63
Child Care Problems Interfered w/ Work/School/Training 32 23 31
Specific child care problems for cases with problemsd
Cost 13 25 15
Not available when needed 30 27 30
Too far from home or work 4 0 4
Provider unavailable or unreliable 43 10*** 38
Worry about child neglect or abuse 8 0 7
Sick or disabled child 12 27 15
Subsidy late, so lost provider 4 0 3
Other 19 23 20
Sample Size 311 71 382
Source: MPR's 2001-02 survey of Illinois TANF cases.
Notes: The survey data have been weighted to be representative of all single-parent TANF recipients in Illinois. Survey item nonresponse may cause the sample sizes for specific variables to be smaller than those shown. Rounding may cause percentages to sum to something other than 100. We conducted two-tailed t-tests (for continuous variables) and chi-square tests (for categorical variables) for differences between employed and not employed case heads.
*/**/*** Difference between cases based on child's age (under 6 and between 6 and 12) is statistically significant at the .10/.05/.01 level.
a TANF clients with a child younger than 6 years of age and a child between 6 and 12 years of age are classified as having a child in the younger age category but not in the older age category.
b The measure of child care use does not include care provided by a child's parent.
c Tabulated only for cases that used child care other than that provided by a parent (sample size = 190).
d Tabulated only for cases that experienced problems with child care that interfered with work, school, or training (sample size = 120). Percentages sum to more than 100 because some cases experienced multiple problems.

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