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

03/31/2014

Children with more highly educated mothers were consistently more likely to be in preschool, compared to children with less-educated mothers (Figure 10). In 1995, there was an estimated 35 percentage point difference in preschool participation between children whose mothers had less than a high school education (28 percent) and children whose mothers had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher (63 percent; CPS Table 1.5). In 2011, this difference remained at 30 percentage points: 34 percent of children with mothers who had not obtained a high school diploma were enrolled in preschool, compared to 64 percent of children with mothers who had earned at least a bachelor’s degree.

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