Who’s Minding the Kids?

K. Smith
January 1, 2000

Data released in October of 2000 in a U.S. Census Bureau report documents that approximately 7 million children ages 5 to 14 were left unsupervised on a regular bases in 1995 while their parents or caregivers were at work or away for other reasons. The report also looks at the cost of child care, finding that poor families spent about 35% of their budget on child care in 1995, about five times the proportion spent by families with income above the poverty line. The report also details the number of children in different types of child care arrangements.