In families where mothers are in the workforce, 32 percent of fathers are regular sources of child care, and one in five fathers are the primary source of child care, a new study released by the Census Bureau has found. The report, a series of tables called "Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2010," tracked a typical week, during which 61 percent of all American children under age 5 had some kind of child care arrangement.
The changing economy accounts for some of the heightened involvement of fathers, researchers say.
"A recession may force families to adjust their child care arrangements, " Lynda Laughlin, a family demographer at the Census Bureau, said in a statement. "It can trigger unemployment or changes in work hours, thus increasing the availability of fathers to provide child care. It also can reduce available income to pay for child care outside of the home."
Other highlights from the report include:
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