This estimate does not include an additional 300,000 children ages 6–12 who would need care during those hours.
Thus it is unlikely that all parents working nonstandard schedules will find child care programs for the hours they need.
By contrast, CCAP would pay licensed Cook County home providers .92 to .30 per full day (depending on the child’s age), while licensed centers would receive .72 to .49 a day.
Family child care homes are more likely to offer nontraditional hours than child care centers are.
However, only a minority do so, and they have fewer spaces available than centers have.
In an Illinois study using 2004 data, 61% of all single women with household incomes below ,000 and 56% among all single mothers had nonstandard schedules (Illinois Action for Children, 2007).
For the current study, the authors applied these rates to 2010 Census data on children and families (U. Census as reported in Illinois Action for Children, 2012), estimating that almost 308,000 Illinois children under 6 had a single mother or two parents who worked some evenings, nights, or weekends, with about 152,000 of these children living in a household headed by their single employed mother.