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Describes and analyzes the result of a 2004 survey at the baby care wishes and offerings of army households. It defines results of power curiosity to DoD (reported child-care utilization, unmet child-care want, and unmet child-care preference), info the distribution of those results between army households, and analyzes the relationships among those results and armed forces readiness and retention.

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Appendix B presents an analysis of survey response rates, relating them to observable characteristics of the survey sample. Appendix C contains the actual survey instrument. ________________________________________________________________________ 32 percent. ) CHAPTER TWO Factors Influencing Child Care Choice and Unmet Need There is a substantial literature on the factors expected to influence child care use and unmet need for child care services in the civilian sector. This literature suggests some relationships that we might expect to see among child care use and family and community characteristics.

05. ____________ 8 We also explored an alternative one-stage modeling structure reflecting a simultaneous choice among parental and nonparental options. Specifically, we estimated a five-category multinomial logit model. The Hausman-McFadden test indicated that, under this model structure, the data violate the independence of irrelevant alternatives (IIA) assumption. The second stage of the two-stage model, the results of which are reported here, satisfies the IIA assumptions. We also considered using a nested logit modeling approach; however, we had no conceptual basis on which to group the various child-care choices into nests.

Anderson and Levine (2000) found that reliance on family members to provide child care decreases as family income increases, but that low-income families are more likely to pay for the care provided by their family members. This may be a function of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) policies that allow welfare recipients to pay family members for care that, in the absence of available government funds, they might have provided without charge. In other cases, such payment clearly substitutes for other low-income work that would be pursued if money could not be earned caring for relatives’ children.

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