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ERIC Number: ED459950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
State Child Care Profile for Children with Employed Mothers: Alabama. State Profiles. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Snyder, Kathleen; Adams, Gina
This report draws on a recent survey--the 1997 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF)--to examine child care arrangements and expenses for working families with children under age 13 in the state of Alabama. Key components of the project include a household survey, studies of policies in 13 states, and a database with information on all states and the District of Columbia. This report provides data on the types of child care arrangements families use, the number of arrangements they use, the hours children spend in child care, and the amount families spend on child care. The report begins by describing key facts related to child care in Alabama and defining relevant terms. Findings regarding the types and number of child care arrangements and the hours spent in care are examined for children under 5 years of age. Findings on the numbers of school-age children in supervised arrangements, self-care, and parent/other care follow. Child care expenses are examined for all families overall and for two particular groups of families: those with older versus younger children and families with different earnings levels. Costs in Alabama are then compared to those nationwide. Findings of this report reveal that almost 60 percent of mothers with children under age 5 and over 67 percent of mothers of school-aged children are employed. More than 80 percent of children under age 5 of employed mothers are receiving nonparental care, with more than half in full-time care. As children get older, the percentage who are in a supervised care arrangement decreases and self-care increases. More than half of working families with children under age 13 pay out-of-pocket for child care. Working families who pay for care spend almost 10 percent of their earnings on child care. Those with low-income spend about one out of every six dollars earned on child care. (KB)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama