Child Care and Work Study


Are you a woman with young children and work early mornings, evenings, nights, or weekends?

We invite you to participate in an investigational research study on how mothers working nonstandard schedules make child care decisions. Nonstandard work schedules are work schedules where an individual works: early mornings, evenings, nights, and/or weekends. Nonstandard work schedules may also include schedules that change frequently.

This study seeks to better understand what child care arrangements mothers working nonstandard schedules use and how they decide to use these arrangements. We are also interested in mothers’ views on the use of child care centers at nontraditional times. Information gathered from this study will be used to improve researchers’ and policy makers’ understanding of how mothers working nonstandard schedules make child care decisions in response to their work schedules.

Who can participate?

We are looking to recruit women who fit the following characteristics:

  • Participants must have at least one child 5 years old or younger who is not yet in kindergarten.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Participants should have at least one job that pays a low to moderate income, such as being a retail salesperson, nursing and home health aide, food server, office assistant, or similar job.
  • We are interested in individuals who work the following types of shifts: early mornings, evenings, nights, and/or weekends.

What is involved?

Participants will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and take part in a group discussion or interview. The entire session including both activities should last approximately one hour. These sessions will take place in fall 2018. The sessions will take place in Austin, TX. You will receive a $50 gift card to a local merchant in appreciation for your time and participation.


If you are interested in more information or volunteering to participate in this study, please complete an eligibility survey at or contact Abby Lane by phone at (512) 710-4956 or by email at

This study has been approved by the University of Texas at Austin Institutional Review Board.

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