Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania

As the number of jobs that require non-traditional work schedules (evenings, weekends, and overnight) increases, families’ need for child care during non-traditional hours has also grown. An estimated more than 150,000 Pennsylvania families with young children have likely need for non-traditional child care (NTCC). However, only one in four child care providers offer any form of NTCC and, even with generous estimates, there are over three families for every available NTCC seat.

In order to learn more about this sector, RFA, with funding from the Heinz Endownments and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), is analyzing quantitative data and conducting interviews and focus groups.