National Survey of Early Care and Education 2019: Household Questionnaire

Publication Date: March 19, 2020
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The 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) is a coordinated set of four nationally representative surveys aimed at describing the early care and education (ECE) landscape in the United States, including the use and availability of care. Information was collected from individuals and programs providing ECE in center-based and home-based settings to children age birth through five years, and from households with children under age 13. 

The 2019 NSECE instruments are comprised of four questionnaires:

  • Household Questionnaire
  • Home-based Provider Questionnaire
  • Center-based Provider Questionnaire
  • Classroom Staff (Workforce) Questionnaire

This document is the Household Questionnaire for the 2019 NSECE. It includes a summary table listing topical areas of focus, constructs with associated page numbers, and key changes from the 2012 NSECE Household Questionnaire, followed by individual questions asked of survey participants.


The 2019 NSECE instruments serve as a resource for stakeholders interested in understanding the exact questions asked of NSECE participants.

Key Findings and Highlights

Household Questionnaire topics include:

  • Mailed Screener
  • Child Demographics
  • Respondent and Household Adults Demographics
  • Child Care: Types and Hours
  • Respondent and Spouse Employment Schedules
  • Non-parental Care Payment and Subsidy to Each Provider
  • Non-parental Child Care Search
  • Household Characteristics
  • Parental Consent to Access Administrative Records


The 2019 NSECE Household Questionnaire was used to collect data from sampled household addresses.

Data were collected electronically or through in-person interviews from January 2019 through July 2019.


Researchers interested in more information about definitions, sampling methodology, and construction of variables may access resources, including codebooks and data sets at the Child and Family Data Archive. Data sets and codebooks are expected to be available in the fall of 2020.

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