The Economy's Impact on Parents' Choices and Perceptions about Child Care presents information on a nationwide poll of 1,000 parents with children under age 12 and their child care choices and perspectives in the current economy. The report revealed that quality and cost remain the most important factors for parents when choosing child care. Seventy five percent of parents rate affordable child care as the most or one of the most important factors in helping working families and more than half of families (51 percent) with children under age 5 say the economy has affected their child care in some way. Moreover, parents' logical assumptions about child care standards far exceed the reality of state child care policies.
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