Toddler room at ABC & Me Child Care, Elyria, Ohio
Excerpt: About 40 percent of the American labor force now works some form of nonstandard hours, including evenings, nights, weekends and early mornings, according to Harriet B. Presser, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland. That share is expected to grow with the projected expansion of jobs in industries like nursing, retail and food service, which tend to require after-hours work.
At the same time, working hours are less predictable than they once were.
- Number of Ohio centers offering nighttime hours has increased 50%
- Centers with overnight hours have doubled.
- Centers with weekend hours have quadrupled.
- Overall, 7% of Ohio's licensed child care centers offer after-hours care.