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Researchers found that mothers are more likely to be full-time employees in states where child care is more affordable. In states with more expensive child care, more mothers worked part-time. They also found mothers spent more time caring for children in states where child care was more expensive and as child care costs rose over this decade. This suggests that families respond to rising care costs by using less of it, at the expense of mothers’ employment and careers.