Trends in the Use of Early Care and Education, 1995-2011: Descriptive Analysis of Child Care Arrangements from National Survey Data. Center-based care and Preschool


Previous research has shown that the percentage of children ages three and four reported by the CPS as being in “nursery school” or “preschool” is similar to the percentage of children reported by the NHES as participating in “center-based care”, which might include day care centers, preschools, prekindergarten, or (Early) Head Start programs.[1] However, it is important to note that survey respondents may not interpret these terms as equivalent. For example, some respondents in the CPS sample may have children in “center-based care” that they would not consider to be “preschool”. These respondents would respond “no” to the CPS item asking whether they have a child in “nursery school” or “preschool”, but “yes” to the NHES item asking whether they have a child in “center-based care”.

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