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Publication Date: May 2004

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Heather Boushey; Joseph Wright

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Keywords: Women workers; Federal subsidy; Formal daycare

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper explores how the burden of child care costs affect the budgets of working mothers at different income levels. It finds that only about 15 percent of children eligible for federal child care assistance actually receive any funds, and that many low-income women spend up to 40 percent of their household income on these expenses.