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


Preschool enrollment by mother’s marital status varied much less than it did by mother’s education or employment status (Figure 11).  In 1995, preschool enrollment did not differ between children with married and non-married mothers (47 and 45 percent).  The preschool enrollment rates of children with married mothers increased in the recent period, creating a six percentage point gap in preschool enrollment by mother’s marital status by 2011: preschool enrollment of children with married mothers had increased to 52 percent, and enrollment among children with non-married mothers remained at 46 percent (Figure 12; CPS Table 1.4).

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