Time for kids: the effect of non-parental care on parent's time spent in childcare

Past project

We know that families in the advanced industrial countries organise childcare very differently than they have in the past: fertility levels have declined and levels of maternal employment outside the home have increased. Many parents rely heavily on a variety of non-parental childcare services ranging from day care centres to informal assistance provided by friends or relatives. The advent of time-use studies makes it possible to explore the impact of these changes on both the level and the composition of time devoted to the care of young children. This project investigated how the use of non-parental care affects the time parents spend with their children in three types of activities - those believed to important in developing children's cognitive, linguistic and social skills; those that foster the child's sense of physical security and emotional well-being; and less intensive forms of child minding.

Funding Agency

MacArthur Foundation

Non-Staff Involved

Michael Bittman

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