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October 1991

Child care: arrangements and costs

Jonathan Veum, Philip Gleason

Employed mothers most often use relatives to care for their children, according to data from the National Longitudinal Surveys. Weekly expenditures for care vary by family income. This article discusses a number of issues related to child care in the United States. In particular, the types of child-care arrangements used, and factors that determine the type of arrangement, such as the child's age, the mother's marital status, and the net income of the child's family are analyzed.

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