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Child Care
thirty-eight million women are employed, including
fifty-six and five tenths percent of married women,
sixty and nine tenths percent of separated women,
sixty-five and two tenths percent of single women, and
seventy-five and seven tenths percent of divorced women
(Hayes et al, 1990, p.385). This unprecedented
increase in women entering the workforce is causing
another great increase in child care demands for
children needing supplementary care for some part of
the day.
Presently sixty-five and two tenths percent of
mothers work part or full-time (U.S. Census Bureau,
1990, p.68) with more than ten and a half million
children under the age of six and eighteen million
children ages six to thirteen. It is expected that
these numbers will continue to rise significantly
(Hayes et al, 1990, p.xiii). In 1987, for the first
time ever, more than one half of mothers with infants
under one year of age were either working or looking
for work, creating a need for infant care for one and
nine tenths million babies (Hayes et al, 1990, p.17).
The number of mothers in the labor force has risen
across the board with sixty-three and two hundredths
percent of mothers of children age six to seventeen now
in the workforce as opposed to forty percent in 1970.

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