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Title: Child Care for Preschoolers: Differences by Child's Age
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1. Leibowitz, Arleen A.
Waite, Linda J.
Witsberger, Christina
Child Care for Preschoolers: Differences by Child's Age
Demography 25,2 (May 1988): 205-220.
Cohort(s): Young Women
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Child Care; Labor Force Participation; Preschool Children

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Because of the high rates of employment of mothers, a large and increasing number of preschool children receive regular care from someone else. This paper develops and tests hypotheses about choice of child care arrangements for younger and older preschool children using data from the Young Women's cohort. The authors argue that appropriate care depends on the age of the child. It includes both care by the mother and care by a paid provider in the child's home for children aged 0 to 2, and mother care and nursery school or center care for those 3 to 5. Models of the mother's employment and choice of child care are estimated separately for younger and older preschoolers. The results show that need for care, presence of substitutes for the mother, financial resources, and preferences all affect both full-time care by the mother and type of child care chosen by working women, although they affect these two decisions in different ways.
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Leibowitz, Arleen A., Linda J. Waite and Christina Witsberger. "Child Care for Preschoolers: Differences by Child's Age." Demography 25,2 (May 1988): 205-220.