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This study describes prewelfare reform child care use by 64 primarily low-income single mothers (65.6% African American) with preschoolers (half born preterm). Forty percent used child care for more than 75% of their children's lives, 20% did when not employed. Preschool children born preterm were more likely to receive child care from nonrelatives throughout their lives than children born full term. Children with health problems used a greater number of child care arrangements. Findings suggest addressing child care issues with both employed and nonemployed mothers and adequacy of child care for children with special needs.
Youngblut, JoAnne M.; Brooten, Dorothy; Lobar, Sandra L.; Hernandez, Laura; and McKenry, Mary, "Child Care Use by Low-Income Single Mothers of Preschoolers Born Preterm Versus Those of Preschoolers Born Full Term" (2009). Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 24.
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