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Statistical Brief: Who's Minding the Kids?

Report Number SB/94-5

In fall 1991, there were 31 million children under age 15 living with their employed mothers. Increases in the numbers of employed mothers with children have made child care concerns an important issue in upcoming employment and welfare legislation. How these children were cared for while their moms were at work is the focus of this Brief, which also presents data on the costs of this care.

These statistics were collected in the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) between September and December 1991 and are compared to similar data collected in SIPP in earlier years. Unless otherwise noted, arrangements refer only to primary arrangements – those usually used most (if not all) of the hours the child’s mother was at work.

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