Utah Women Stats Research Snapshot
Utah Women & Leadership Project
Childcare is an important consideration for millions of American families; 71% of all women with children under 18 are in the labor force, comprising one-third of the total female workforce in the U. S. Further, childcare costs are becoming increasingly burdensome; in the U.S. generally, and in 33 states specifically (including Utah), the annual cost of childcare is higher than the cost of in-state tuition at a four-year public college. Although childcare is a family and community issue, women often bear the primary responsibility for managing childcare, and, in the case of female heads of household, women may carry both breadwinning and caregiving duties with very little support. Considerable data are available surrounding childcare issues in Utah, and yet there are additional, sometimes nuanced, factors to consider when analyzing Utah’s childcare landscape.
Scribner, R., & Madsen, S. R. (2018, September 5). Childcare: What Utahns need to know. Utah Women Stats: Research Snapshot. https://www.usu.edu/uwlp/files/snapshot/25.pdf