Primary Child Care Arrangements of U.S. Infants: Patterns Of Utilization By Poverty Status, Family Structure, Maternal Work Status, Maternal Work Schedule and Child Care Assistance

The purpose of this research brief is to examine patterns of primary child care arrangements among infants approximately 9 months of age, comparing those in households at or below 150% of the poverty threshold to those in households above 150% of the poverty threshold. Data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study–Birth Cohort (ECLSB) provide a snapshot of patterns in primary child care arrangements using a nationally representative sample of infants born in the United States in 2001.