In this data snapshot, author Jess Carson reports that data from the U.S. Census Bureau collected between January and May 2023 show that access to child care remains uneven. Among New England households with a child under age five, 71.1 percent had used at least some child care in the past seven days. However, lower-income households are less likely to use care than higher-income households. While child care use is more prevalent among low-income households with a working adult, rates are still below those in high-income households. Findings suggest that in low-income New England households, access to early care opportunities­­—as a learning environment for kids and a work support for parents—is falling short.


Carsey School of Public Policy

Publication Date

Summer 7-20-2023


Data Snapshot


Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

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