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Do families with higher levels of satisfaction with their child care arrangements experience more stability in their arrangements?

Data Elements


Early Care and Education Experiences


Parent Opinions, Preferences and Decision-Making about Early Care and Education

General Analysis Recommendations

Use the data element Parent Satisfaction and create two groups of families (Family ID): those that are “Highly” or “Somewhat Satisfied” (code as “1”) and those that are “Somewhat Unsatisfied” or “Very Unsatisfied” (code as “2”). Calculate the number of times a child has changed care by totaling the number of Child Entry Dates in the past year (or during another time frame of interest) for each Child ID. Children with fewer entry dates experience greater stability in their child care arrangements. Average and compare the number of entry dates for children in families in each of the satisfaction groups.