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Who minds the kids when Mom works a nonstandard schedule?

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Enchautegui, Maria E.; Johnson, Martha C.; Gelatt, Julia;
Date Issued: July, 2015
Publisher(s): Urban Institute
Description: Growing shares of US workers operate on nonstandard schedules, with the majority of their work hours falling outside the traditional workday. Such workers who also have children have special child care needs because they require nontraditional child care hours. In this brief, we first give a background of what we know about nonstandard workers, their child care, and the associated policy environment. Then, we provide an up-to-date account of the prevalence of nonstandard work and the child care arrangements of low-income parents (those earning below 200 percent of the federal poverty level [FPL]) working nonstandard schedules; for this we use data from the 2008 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). We seek to inform development of work and child care policies that best fit the needs of these workers and their children in ways that advance child and family well-being. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation
Source: Washington, DC: Urban Institute. Retrieved from
Note: This resource is based on data from the 2008 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation
Topics: Parents & Families > Selection Of Child Care & Early Education Arrangements

Parents & Families > Parent/Family Practices and Structure > Families & Work
Country: United States
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