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Families: Summary & Data Highlights

Child Care 

From 2007 to 2011, use of child care for children birth to 5 years old increased sharply in King County’s South Region.

  •  In 2011, more than half of King County preschool-aged children were in regularly scheduled child care.
  • 17% of school-age children (age 6-14 years) attended regularly scheduled pre-school or after-school care.
  • Child care is most expensive for infants and at child care centers.
  • Child care subsidies are limited, especially in King County. 

Employment Benefits 

Employees of private companies in Washington were less likely to have health insurance benefits in 2011 than in 2004.

  • The overall picture for family-friendly employment benefits in Washington State was bleaker in 2011 than it was in 2004.
  • An exception to this trend was telecommuting, where, from 2000 to 2010, the percentage of King County workers participating in employer-sponsored telecommuting programs more than doubled – from 5% to 12%.  Participants were likely to be …
    • … highly educated.
    • … well-paid.
    • … non-union employees.
  • Although the percentage of King County workers offered on-site child care declined slightly (from 10% in 2000 to 7% in 2010), two groups of employees were offered this benefit at double the average rate:
    • 24% of workers in manufacturing
    • 20% of workers in firms with at least 1000 employees
    • In addition, union members were more likely than non-union workers to be offered this benefit.