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A Synthesis of Research on Child Care Utilization Patterns

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This paper synthesizes findings on current and future trends in child care usage patterns among employed mothers of preschoolers (less than 6 years old). It summarizes the types, duration, and expenditures on arrangements using the Current Population Surveys (1958, 1965, 1977 and 1982), the National Survey of Family Growth (1982), and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (Winter 1984-1985). [41 pages]