|Table 15. Percentage of children from birth through age 5 and not yet in kindergarten whose parents rated factors used to select weekly care arrangement for children as "very important," by child and family characteristics: 2005|
|Factor rated as "very important" when selecting care arrangement|
|Location||Cost||Reliability||Learning activities||Time with other children||Availability of care provider||Number of children in care group|
|Less than 1 year||1,460||65||44||93||65||44||82||47|
|Asian or Pacific Islander,|
|Other race, non-Hispanic2||772||62||39||88||75||64||78||42|
|Parentsí language spoken most at home3|
|Both/only parent(s) speak(s) English||11,071||62||39||90||75||64||75||43|
|One of two parents speaks English||210||80||47||83||86||79||74||63|
|No parent speaks English||1,044||75||50||82||74||70||76||59|
|Motherís level of education4|
|Less than a high school||723||69||48||80||81||75||80||56|
|Vocational/technical or some college||3,504||61||46||90||73||65||75||44|
|Graduate or professional education|
|Motherís school enrollment status4|
|Motherís employment status4|
|35 or more hours per week||6,069||68||42||92||76||62||83||46|
|Less than 35 hours per week||2,976||59||37||88||70||59||70||40|
|Looking for work||647||75||56||86||86||71||78||46|
|Not in the labor force||2,378||55||33||86||79||77||59||45|
|Motherís work shift4, 5|
|Concern regarding neighborhood|
health and safety conditions
|No concern regarding neighborhood|
health and safety conditions
|$25,000 or less||2,999||74||54||88||79||71||81||49|
|$25,001 to $50,000||2,758||64||50||89||77||67||77||45|
|$50,001 to $75,000||2,635||59||38||90||72||62||72||43|
|$75,001 to $100,000||1,775||54||27||91||77||63||74||40|
|$100,001 or more||2,157||60||20||88||71||59||66||42|
|At or above poverty threshold||10,007||60||37||90||74||63||73||43|
|Below poverty threshold||2,318||76||53||88||80||72||80||50|
1Center-based arrangements include day care centers, Head Start programs, preschools, prekindergartens, and other early childhood programs.
2"Other race, non-Hispanic" includes children who were multiracial and not of Hispanic ethnicity, or who were American Indian or Alaska Native, or were not Hispanic, White, Black, Asian, or Pacific Islander.
3Complete descriptions of the categories for parentsí language are as follows: (1) "Both/only parent(s) learned English as child(ren) or currently speak(s) English in the home," (2) "One of two parents learned English as a child or currently speaks English in the home," and (3) "No parent learned English as a child and both/only parent(s) currently speak(s) a non-English language in the home."
4Children without mothers living in the household are not included in estimates related to motherís education, enrollment, employment status, or work shift.
5Work shifts were collapsed into two categories: regular and variable work shifts. A regular work shift is one with set hours. A variable shift is one that changes from days to evenings or nights regardless of whether the hours are set by the employer or the employee.
6Parents or guardians respond "yes" or "no" to the question: "Are there any conditions in your neighborhood that make you worried about the health or safety of ((CHILD)/any of the children) in your household?"
7Children are considered poor if they were living in households with incomes below the poverty threshold, which is a dollar amount determined by the federal government to meet the householdís needs, given its size and composition.
NOTE: Estimates are reported for all children from birth through 5 years of age, and not yet in kindergarten, who are in at least one weekly nonparental care arrangement. If a child had multiple arrangements, the arrangement with the greatest average weekly hours was used. If two arrangements had the same number of weekly hours, one arrangement was randomly chosen by the computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) program. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Early Childhood Program Participation Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program (ECPP-NHES:2005).