Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 241-273

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If you build it, they will come: parental use of on-site child care centers

  • Rachel ConnellyAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Bowdoin College
  • , Deborah S. DegraffAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Bowdoin College
  • , Rachel WillisAffiliated withDepartment of American Studies, University of North Carolina

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Employer-sponsored on-site child care, although a smallpercentage of the U.S. child care market, is of substantial interest to families, firms andgovernments searching for relief from work/family conflicts. This paper analyzes employee surveydata from three firms in the same industry and local labor market, two of which offer on-sitechild care while one does not. These data allow for detailed descriptive and multivariate analysisof the child care strategies of working parents, including primary, secondary and Saturdaycare, and how such strategies are affected by the availability of employer-sponsored on-site care.

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