Trends in the Use of Early Care and Education, 1995-2011: Descriptive Analysis of Child Care Arrangements from National Survey Data. Key Differences in the Two Data Sources


  National Household Education Survey (NHES – Early Childhood Program Participation) Current Population Survey (CPS – October Supplement)
 Years administered  1995, 2001, 2005 1995 – 2011, annually
Ages of children 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 3, 4
Center-based care “center-based care” “nursery school” or “preschool”
Non center-based care Not assessed
Financing of care “charge or fee for program” “private” or “public”
Part and full-time preschool Not assessed


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