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


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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