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Preschool-aged children of employed parents were more likely to be in child care than children whose parents were not in the labor force.

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.

  • Use of scheduled child care for preschool-aged children was widespread and did not vary by household income or parental education.
  • Young children whose parents were employed were more than twice as likely to be in scheduled child care as those whose parents were not in the labor force (homemaker, student, or unable to work).