Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Child CARE Barriers

10/01/2004

Survey respondents with children under 15 were asked about their use of child care, whether they had experienced problems finding good quality and affordable child care, and whether child care had been a barrier to employment, or education, or training in the past year.
 
  • 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.

Table IV-3
Child Care Use and Barriers Among Respondents with Children Under 15 (n = 1,054)
 
Status Percent
Used child care regularly in the past year 45
Child care was a barrier to employment, training, or education in past year
27
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
Child sick/disabled 12
Worry about child abuse/unsafe environment 11
Too far from home/work 10
Subsidy payment late, so lost provider 4
Other 3
Received subsidy to help pay for child care 66

Source: Telephone surveys of 1,120 TANF recipients in South Carolina

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