In recent decades, there has been a large increase in young children’s participation in early care and education (ECE) programs. A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) uses multiple years of data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the National Household Education Survey (NHES) to examine trends in ECE arrangements for young children over the from 1995-2011. Trends in the Use of Early Care and Education, 1995-2011: Descriptive Analysis of Child Care Arrangements from National Survey Data (March, 2014) specifically addresses these two questions:
1. What types of non-parental early care and education (ECE) arrangements were children enrolled in between 1995 and 2011, and how did enrollment patterns change over that period?
2. How do rates of participation in ECE and trends in the use of various ECE arrangements differ based on demographic characteristics?
Read the report here.