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More fathers are regularly caring for kids

With more moms entering the workforce every day, many dads are stepping up to child care duties. A press release from the U.S. Census Bureau identified that 32 percent of fathers with working wives now regularly care for their children. These are numbers have risen significantly since the the Census Bureau launched their last report which found only 26 percent of dads as regular care givers.

The press release identifies unemployment rates as a critical factor in these percentages, suggesting that with rates at all time highs, many families are experiencing role reversals.

Lynda Laughlin of the Census Bureau further explains that a recession, “can trigger unemployment or changes in work hours, thus increasing the availability of fathers to provide child care. It also can reduce available income to pay for child care outside of the home.”

For more information please visit: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/children/cb11-198.html

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