Family & Community Support

Families & Community Support: Summary & Data Highlights

Child Care Affordability

In 2017, 76% of parents with children between the ages 6 months to 5 months reported using some form of regularly schedule child care, and 69% of those parents reported that their childcare was affordable.

  • Race/ethnicity:  86% of parents of Latino children in regular non-parental child care agreed that their child care/out-of-school care arrangement was affordable.  
  • Language spoken at home: Parents in households where Spanish (93%) or Vietnamese (91%) was spoken at home were more likely to report that their child care/out-of-school care arrangement was affordable than the King County average. 
  • Respondent’s education level:  94% of parents without a high school diploma reported that their child care arrangements were affordable-- a percent significantly higher than (a) King County average and (b) the percentage of parents reporting affordable care at all other levels of educational attainment.

Emotional Support for Parenting

In a 2016-17 survey of King County households with children ages 6 months to 10 years old, 75% of parents and caregivers reported that, during the past 12 months, they had someone to turn to for day-to-day emotional support with parenting or raising children.

  •  Race and ethnicity: Parents of Asian (63%), Latino (60%), and Black (59%) children were less likely than parents of multiple-race (82%), American Indian/Alaska Native (94%), white (83%), or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (90%) children to report having emotional support with parenting.
  • Income: Parents with household income below $50,000 were less likely to report having emotional support than parents in households with income at or above $50,000.
  • Place: Seattle respondents were more likely than those in the East and South regions to report emotional support for parenting (85%).  
  • Language: Parents in households in which the primary languages spoken were Chinese (51%), Russian (47%), Somali (55%), and Spanish (35%) were less likely than those in English-speaking households (87%) to report having someone they could turn to for emotional support.
  • Education: Parents with less than a high school education were least likely (43%) to report having emotional support with parenting, while parents with a college degree were most likely to (86%) to have support.
  • Gender: Male respondents were less likely than female respondents to report having emotional support for parenting.

Daily Reading, Singing & Telling Stories to Children

 For 73% of children 6 months - 5 years, a parent or other family member read, sang, or told stories to them every day.

  • Parent’s age: Only 32% of parents or caregivers age 24 or younger reported reading, singing, or telling stories to their children every day, a significantly lower percentage than among parents age 30 and older. 
  • Parent’s gender: Although results did not differ by child’s gender, only 54% of male respondents reported daily reading, singing or storytelling, compared to 75% of female respondents.
  • Race and ethnicity: Results did not differ by broad categories of race/ethnicity. However, looking at more detailed race/ethnicity categories, 51% of parents of children who were Mexican, Mexican American, and Chicano reported reading, singing, or telling stories to their children daily.  This was significantly below the county average.
  • Language: Daily reading, singing, or telling stories occurred in only 45% of households where Spanish was the language most often spoken at home,significantlybelow the county average.

Child Abuse and Neglect

 In 2016, a total of 8,238 households in King County were investigated for child abuse and neglect. This has declined from a high of 9,756 in 2007

 In 2015, about 30 out of every 1,000 households in King County were investigated or assessed by Child Protective Services. Over time, disparities in the likelihood of being investigated or assessed persisted. Households of the following racial and ethnic groups were most likely to be investigated or assessed in 2015:

  • American Indian/Alaska Native (145 per 1,000 households)
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (80 per 1,000)
  • Black/African American (77 per 1,000).

Asian households were much less likely to be investigated or assessed, with only 11 investigations or assessments per 1,000 households.