Families >> Child Care >> 6 to 14 Years >> Age, Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Country of Birth, Language

In 2011, fewer than 1 in 5 King County school-aged children were in before- or after-school care.

Parents depend on child care when they are at work and unable to care for their children at home. They seek affordable, high-quality child care that offers enriching experiences and convenience of scheduling and location. 

In a 2011 countywide survey, 17% of school-age children (ages 6-14) were in regularly scheduled before- or after-school child care.  14% of these children were in care for at least 25 hours a week.

  • Use of regularly scheduled care did not vary by respondent’s age, race/ethnicity, gender, country of birth, or first language.
  • In addition, use of regularly scheduled care did not vary by region: 15% in the North Region, 25% in Seattle, 15% in the East Region, and 17% in the South Region (data not shown).