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ERIC Number: ED629661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
New Hampshire Parents Use Child Care but Seek More Options. National Issue Brief #169
Carson, Jess; Boege, Sarah
Carsey School of Public Policy
New Hampshire families have not been exempt from the disruptions and challenges associated with an enduring pandemic, including disruptions to their children's care and education arrangements, pressure on household budgets due to rising inflation, and challenges of meeting children's emergent social, emotional, and physical needs amid persistent stressors. The 2022 New Hampshire Preschool Development Grant's (PDG) Family Needs Assessment Survey explored how New Hampshire families with children under age nine fare in accessing early childhood care and education, measured their knowledge and use of supportive programs, and identified new and enduring needs. Using survey responses from a non-random sample of parents statewide, this brief focuses on early childhood care and education, a sector for which the pandemic exacerbated long-simmering challenges. Key findings include: (1) three-quarters of respondents with young children had searched for child care in the past year; half reported the search was difficult, most often due to a lack of openings; (2) seventy-four percent of responding parents used at least some nonparental care for their young children, most commonly using a licensed center; and (3) respondents were most likely to indicate that the way to improve their child care arrangement was if it were more affordable.
Carsey School of Public Policy. Huddleston Hall, 73 Main Street, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. Tel: 603-862-2821; Fax: 603-862-3878. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: University of New Hampshire, Carsey School of Public Policy
Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire
Grant or Contract Numbers: 90TP0060