Report
Extensive Nonstandard Work Hours among U.S. Low-income Mothers Hinder their Kids’ Enrollment in Center-based Childcare
Washington Center for Equitable Growth
August 12, 2019

Significant income-based disparities in kids’ enrollment in center-based early childcare and education persist in the United States. Two well-documented reasons are the high costs of this kind of care and the limited availability of childcare slots. Now, a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison find there is a third factor that explains these disparities—low-income parents are more likely to work nonstandard schedules, including early morning, evening, overnight, and weekend hours, than their higher-income peers, which particularly constrains their ability to make arrangements for center-based early childcare and education.