Performance Improvement 2009. How Do Child Care Arrangements Differ in Urban and Rural Areas of the Country?


Analysts compared non-parental care arrangements of pre-school age children in urban and rural areas of the United States using data from the 2005 National Household Education Survey (NHES), Early Childhood Program Participation Survey (ECPP). Data from the NHES show that among preschool-age children, those in rural areas were about as likely as those in urban areas to receive care from someone other than their parents on a weekly basis.

When rural children participated in non-parental care they were more likely than urban children to receive this care from relatives and were less likely to receive care in center programs. Additionally, rural children were in families that, on average, made fewer out-of-pocket contributions toward the cost of their care.

Report Title: Child Care Arrangements in Urban and Rural Areas
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Kendall Swenson, 202-690-6888
Performer: Staff; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
PIC ID: 9015

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