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Digest of Education Statistics: 2006
Digest of Education Statistics: 2006

NCES 2007-017
July 2007


Table 42. Number of preschool children under 6 years old, percentage in center-based programs, average hours in nonparental care, and percentage in various types of primary care arrangements, by selected child and family characteristics: 2005 
Child and family characteristic Number of children, ages 0 to 5
(in thousands)
Percent in center-based programs Average hours
per week in nonparental care1 
Percentage distribution, by type of primary care arrangement
Head Start Other center-based Parental care only Family child care Sitter Relative Multiple
arrangements2 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Total preschool children3  20,665 (9.0) 36.1 (0.60) 29.3 (0.37) 5.1 (0.40) 27.3 (0.49) 39.8 (0.76) 8.3 (0.39) 2.3 (0.24) 15.4 (0.66) 1.7 (0.18)
Age                                        
Under 1 year 3,519 (#) 12.0 (1.13) 30.9 (0.95) 1.2 (0.57) 10.0 (1.07) 57.7 (1.81) 9.2 (0.90) 3.2 (0.60) 17.2 (1.42) 1.5 (0.47)
1 year old 3,988 (#) 16.9 (1.34) 31.2 (0.81) 0.7 (0.25) 15.0 (1.32) 48.5 (1.89) 11.1 (1.09) 3.4 (0.57) 19.1 (1.52) 2.2 (0.50)
2 years old 4,093 (#) 28.7 (1.84) 29.6 (0.75) 3.5 (0.98) 22.7 (1.66) 44.9 (1.97) 10.7 (1.13) 2.4 (0.49) 14.3 (1.17) 1.5 (0.38)
3 years old 4,070 (93.0) 42.5 (1.67) 28.9 (0.64) 5.3 (0.75) 33.2 (1.64) 34.0 (1.46) 7.6 (0.91) 1.7 (0.38) 16.7 (1.35) 1.5 (0.36)
4 years old 3,873 (92.0) 69.2 (1.36) 27.9 (0.67) 13.2 (1.12) 48.2 (1.29) 20.9 (1.44) 4.0 (0.73) 1.2 (0.50) 10.4 (1.29) 2.2 (0.44)
5 years old 1,123 (67.3) 68.7 (3.51) 26.9 (1.28) 10.4 (2.22) 48.4 (3.33) 21.1 (3.17) 4.6 (1.44) 0.8 (0.44) 13.6 (2.91) 1.1 (0.79)
                                         
Race/ethnicity                                        
White 11,488 (99.2) 37.8 (0.87) 27.1 (0.48) 2.8 (0.35) 30.4 (0.82) 37.7 (0.97) 10.1 (0.59) 3.1 (0.35) 14.1 (0.82) 1.8 (0.26)
Black 2,962 (5.2) 43.8 (2.44) 35.9 (0.85) 13.3 (2.10) 28.8 (2.32) 30.8 (2.67) 6.6 (1.05) 1.0 (0.54) 17.8 (2.76) 1.7 (0.57)
Hispanic 4,283 (4.1) 25.2 (1.28) 28.8 (0.76) 6.2 (0.76) 16.8 (1.01) 50.9 (1.43) 6.4 (0.80) 1.5 (0.32) 16.7 (0.96) 1.4 (0.35)
Other 1,933 (100.2) 37.9 (2.72) 31.8 (0.91) 3.8 (0.94) 29.6 (2.43) 41.5 (2.80) 4.8 (0.76) 1.3 (0.35) 17.1 (2.03) 1.9 (0.68)
                                         
Mother's employment status4                                         
Currently employed 11,328 (197.3) 43.8 (0.81) 32.3 (0.40) 5.4 (0.64) 33.1 (0.81) 20.9 (0.97) 13.7 (0.68) 3.0 (0.32) 21.4 (0.92) 2.4 (0.29)
35 or more hours/week 7,038 (185.0) 47.5 (1.15) 37.1 (0.42) 5.7 (0.72) 36.3 (1.14) 14.9 (1.06) 16.6 (0.89) 2.4 (0.32) 22.0 (1.28) 2.1 (0.35)
Less than 35 hours/week 4,290 (156.5) 37.7 (1.52) 22.7 (0.64) 5.1 (0.99) 27.9 (1.43) 30.8 (2.00) 8.9 (0.99) 3.9 (0.64) 20.5 (1.38) 2.9 (0.49)
Looking for work 1,416 (118.3) 22.6 (2.91) 26.0 (1.46) 4.9 (1.11) 17.1 (2.66) 55.0 (4.48) 3.7 (1.03) 1.8 (1.29) 16.7 (5.17) 0.9 (0.65)
Not in labor force 7,238 (173.7) 25.7 (1.03) 16.7 (0.69) 4.2 (0.50) 20.2 (0.91) 67.3 (1.13) 1.3 (0.26) 1.2 (0.22) 5.2 (0.61) 0.7 (0.19)
                                         
Mother's highest education4                                         
Less than high school 1,961 (99.4) 18.1 (1.58) 26.0 (1.58) 9.9 (1.33) 8.0 (1.03) 64.8 (2.31) 4.0 (0.89) # (†) 12.2 (1.70) 1.0 (0.45)
High school/GED 5,590 (182.6) 30.3 (1.49) 29.2 (0.73) 8.0 (0.96) 20.0 (1.25) 45.4 (1.77) 6.3 (0.73) 1.2 (0.42) 17.3 (1.32) 1.8 (0.39)
Vocational/technical or some college 4,122 (145.7) 34.3 (1.80) 30.1 (1.02) 4.5 (0.68) 26.3 (1.59) 39.8 (2.17) 7.9 (0.94) 1.3 (0.42) 18.5 (1.76) 1.8 (0.47)
Associate's degree 1,466 (78.9) 37.1 (2.76) 28.2 (1.04) 3.5 (1.22) 29.9 (2.48) 31.6 (2.90) 15.5 (1.96) 1.4 (0.56) 16.6 (2.27) 1.5 (0.62)
Bachelor's degree 4,593 (123.1) 45.2 (1.55) 27.9 (0.63) 1.9 (0.57) 38.2 (1.39) 33.2 (1.33) 9.9 (0.86) 3.6 (0.58) 11.5 (1.01) 1.8 (0.37)
Graduate/professional degree 2,250 (121.2) 47.1 (1.80) 30.0 (0.75) 1.2 (0.41) 40.3 (1.75) 25.7 (1.89) 11.6 (1.62) 6.5 (0.99) 13.0 (1.69) 1.7 (0.47)
                                         
Mother in household                                        
Yes 19,982 (65.8) 35.7 (0.59) 28.9 (0.38) 4.9 (0.42) 27.3 (0.47) 40.1 (0.78) 8.5 (0.40) 2.3 (0.23) 15.2 (0.67) 1.7 (0.18)
No 683 (63.8) 45.2 (4.17) 38.5 (1.87) 9.9 (2.44) 27.4 (3.62) 30.9 (3.95) 3.5 (1.26) 2.9 (1.76) 22.5 (3.75) 3.0 (1.38)
                                         
Household structure5                                         
Two parents 16,275 (114.0) 34.4 (0.70) 27.0 (0.42) 3.4 (0.33) 27.7 (0.58) 43.3 (0.90) 8.6 (0.44) 2.4 (0.24) 12.9 (0.66) 1.7 (0.20)
One parent 4,055 (112.6) 42.2 (1.94) 35.1 (0.77) 11.1 (1.42) 26.3 (1.61) 26.1 (1.68) 7.8 (1.06) 1.6 (0.54) 25.3 (2.28) 1.8 (0.41)
                                         
Household income                                        
$15,000 or less 3,142 (79.3) 29.7 (2.19) 31.4 (1.11) 11.0 (1.61) 16.6 (1.80) 48.2 (2.35) 4.7 (0.90) 1.7 (0.67) 16.9 (2.31) 0.9 (0.35)
$15,001 to $25,000 2,770 (79.2) 29.0 (2.53) 31.0 (1.16) 8.5 (1.02) 19.2 (2.18) 48.9 (2.44) 4.5 (0.70) 1.5 (0.63) 15.9 (1.68) 1.5 (0.57)
$25,001 to $35,000 2,313 (94.5) 30.8 (2.06) 28.7 (1.01) 9.0 (1.52) 19.1 (1.89) 44.2 (2.22) 6.7 (1.39) 0.7 (0.31) 18.4 (1.99) 1.9 (0.52)
$35,001 to $50,000 2,943 (111.8) 28.3 (1.83) 29.5 (1.03) 4.2 (0.91) 21.2 (1.60) 48.5 (2.41) 6.7 (0.97) 0.8 (0.29) 16.7 (1.51) 2.0 (0.58)
More than $50,000 9,498 (112.8) 43.9 (0.95) 28.4 (0.42) 1.5 (0.27) 37.1 (0.88) 30.6 (1.03) 11.5 (0.71) 3.6 (0.38) 13.7 (0.84) 1.9 (0.26)
                                         
Poverty status6                                         
Above poverty threshold 15,900 (60.9) 38.4 (0.77) 29.0 (0.37) 3.5 (0.36) 30.6 (0.65) 36.6 (0.87) 9.6 (0.51) 2.5 (0.24) 15.3 (0.72) 1.9 (0.22)
At or below poverty threshold 4,766 (60.7) 28.3 (1.80) 30.2 (0.96) 10.4 (1.15) 16.4 (1.51) 50.5 (1.93) 3.9 (0.63) 1.7 (0.54) 15.9 (1.75) 1.1 (0.29)
                                         
Household size                                        
2 or 3 persons 5,469 (137.6) 38.2 (1.48) 32.5 (0.57) 5.9 (0.90) 28.9 (1.36) 30.6 (1.27) 11.6 (0.94) 2.2 (0.39) 18.5 (1.07) 2.2 (0.41)
4 persons 7,723 (172.4) 39.5 (1.17) 28.4 (0.56) 4.2 (0.56) 31.9 (0.95) 38.1 (1.26) 8.7 (0.65) 2.3 (0.35) 13.3 (1.14) 1.7 (0.33)
5 persons 4,279 (165.9) 34.0 (1.85) 26.8 (0.85) 5.6 (0.84) 24.2 (1.65) 44.3 (2.14) 7.2 (1.01) 3.1 (0.69) 14.4 (1.28) 1.2 (0.31)
6 or more persons 3,194 (138.4) 26.8 (1.90) 27.6 (0.95) 5.4 (0.90) 17.7 (1.70) 53.7 (2.36) 3.3 (0.62) 1.4 (0.35) 16.7 (2.53) 1.8 (0.41)
                                         
Mother's home language4                                         
English 16,778 (117.0) 38.1 (0.63) 29.1 (0.41) 4.5 (0.49) 29.5 (0.53) 36.7 (0.86) 9.1 (0.44) 2.5 (0.26) 15.9 (0.77) 1.8 (0.21)
Non-English 3,205 (103.3) 23.5 (1.61) 26.9 (0.97) 7.1 (1.02) 15.9 (1.25) 57.9 (1.76) 5.5 (0.82) 1.0 (0.26) 11.5 (0.99) 1.0 (0.31)
                                         
Mother's age at first birth4                                         
Less than 18 1,744 (117.6) 27.7 (2.84) 32.8 (1.40) 10.4 (1.81) 15.4 (2.31) 50.3 (3.11) 4.8 (1.03) 2.0 (1.27) 15.9 (1.91) 1.1 (0.53)
18 or 19 2,529 (135.1) 28.4 (2.14) 30.6 (1.13) 7.6 (1.23) 17.6 (1.90) 46.6 (2.81) 7.1 (1.33) 0.9 (0.34) 19.4 (2.80) 0.8 (0.34)
20 or older 15,709 (140.0) 37.8 (0.68) 28.3 (0.43) 3.9 (0.43) 30.2 (0.65) 37.9 (0.74) 9.1 (0.46) 2.5 (0.24) 14.4 (0.70) 1.9 (0.21)
                                         
Urbanicity                                        
Nonmetropolitan 4,328 (5.4) 32.5 (1.93) 29.7 (0.91) 5.8 (0.82) 22.5 (1.78) 37.5 (2.00) 10.6 (1.04) 1.4 (0.58) 20.0 (1.68) 2.2 (0.48)
Metropolitan 16,337 (7.5) 37.0 (0.58) 29.1 (0.37) 4.9 (0.43) 28.6 (0.54) 40.4 (0.88) 7.7 (0.44) 2.5 (0.27) 14.2 (0.70) 1.6 (0.18)
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
1 Mean hours per week per child among preschool children enrolled in any type of nonparental care arrangements. For chil­dren with more than one arrangement, the hours of each weekly arrangement were summed to calculate the total amount of time in child care per week.
2 Children who spend equal hours per week in multiple nonparental care arrangements.
3 Excludes children who have entered kindergarten.
4 Excludes data for households with no mother present in household.
5 Excludes children living apart from their parents.
6 Poverty status was determined by household income and number of persons in household.
NOTE: A child's "primary arrangement" was defined as the regular nonparental care arrangement or early childhood educa­tion program in which the child spent the most time per week. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
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). (This table was prepared October 2006.)