- More than a quarter of the respondents with children under 15 said that child care had been a barrier to employment, education, or training in the past year.
Respondents who stated that child care had been a barrier were asked to describe their specific problems, which are presented below in Table IV-3. The most common problem, cited by 52%, was the need for child care at times that it was unavailable, reflecting the prevalence of nontraditional work schedules among welfare clients entering the job market, or going back to work.
|Used child care regularly in the past year||45|
Child care was a barrier to employment, training, or education in past year
Problems identified by those who said child care was a barrier:
|Couldn't find child care for the times needed||52|
|Cost too much||41|
|Caregiver unavailable/not reliable||26|
|Worry about child abuse/unsafe environment||11|
|Too far from home/work||10|
|Subsidy payment late, so lost provider||4|
|Received subsidy to help pay for child care||66|
Source: Telephone surveys of 1,120 TANF recipients in South Carolina