Families >> Child Care >> Birth to 5 Years >> Trends by Region

From 2007 to 2011, use of child care for preschool-aged children increased only in King County's South Region.

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.

  • From 2001 to 2007, use of scheduled child care grew incrementally (and non-significantly) in King County and in all regions except the North Region. 
  • In 2011, a significant increase in use of scheduled child care in the South Region (from 45% to 65%) drove the county average up. The county-wide upward trend from 2001 was statistically significant, even without increases after 2007 in the other regions (data not shown).