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The proposed study aims to address the gap in the literature by examining three national data sets that span across the income spectrum, to see which characteristics of parents are related to usage of services provided from child care and preschool programs, and what types of services families use. Specifically, the study seeks to understand the characteristics of parents who use supports and services offered by child care programs by answering: (1) What characteristics of parents predict usage of supports and services offered through the child care center and the community? (2) What types of services and supports do parents use? To address these research questions three national data sets (Head Start Impact Study, National Evaluation of Early Head Start, and NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development) will be analyzed. Each contains rich data on child care, community services, and parenting practices. These questions aim to further the field’s understanding of the needs of families whose child is enrolled in center-based care. By understanding the types of parents who use services offered through or referred by a child care center, centers can better target their resources towards the most used services and/or their recruitment efforts to those families not already actively engaged.