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Parents with current or past military service are more likely to use regularly scheduled child care for their preschool-aged children than parents without military experience.

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, 57% of children age 5 and under were in child care on a regularly scheduled basis.  59% of these children were in care for at least 25 hours a week.

  • Preschool-aged children of parents with active-duty military experience were more likely than children of non-veterans to be in regularly-scheduled child care.
  • Use of scheduled child care for preschool-aged children did not vary by respondent’s relationship status or health.