Child Care Patterns of School-Age Children with Employed Mothers

J. Capizzano
January 1, 2000

Child Care Patters of School-Age Children with Employed Mothers
Based on data from the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families, this report investigates the different types of child care arrangements, including “self-care,” that families with working mothers use for their children. It looks at how patterns differ by age, family income, race, family structure and employment, and state. While the findings are reassuring in the sense that most school-age children appear to be supervised during their out-of-school hours, a significant minority of children—anywhere from 3.6 to 4.4 million, care for themselves or are with a sibling younger than 13.