This policy brief examines who is taking care of preschoolers of employed mothers in rural America. While most rural families choose home-based child care (such as relatives or informal nonrelated care providers), formal care (such as in day care centers) has positive benefits to a child's development. The brief recommends that programs are needed that either make formal care more affordable and accessible in rural communities, or that train home-based care providers to provide quality care.
National Policy Brief No. 3
Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Smith, Kristin, "Rural families choose home-based child care for their preschool-aged children" (2006). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 9.
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