Martha Zaslow

Martha J. Zaslow is vice president for research at Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children and families.

Recent Articles

Child-Care Quality Matters

C hild care is a fact of life in America today. More than two-thirds of all children under the age of five are cared for on a regular basis by someone other than a parent. These children may attend day-care centers or nursery schools, go to the home of a provider who tends to a number of children, or be cared for by a relative, neighbor, baby-sitter, or nanny. Since welfare reform in 1996, more mothers have had to find child care as they begin to enter the workforce and meet the new work requirements and time limits. From 1997 to 1999, for example, the share of current welfare recipients working for pay rose from 22 percent to 32 percent. Expanded child-care needs in the wake of welfare reform have also led to a large increase in the day-care money available to states. In fiscal year 1997, $4.2 billion in state and federal funds went toward this purpose, a 35 percent rise from the previous fiscal year. Both of these factors -- more mothers needing child care and more funds in public...