Amy Cox is a white 34-year-old single mother of two. She lives with her children, Hailey, 9, and Andy, 8, near Cincinnati, OH. A natural caregiver, Amy works at a day care center. She gets along well with her co-workers and boss, and the children in her care love her—they even ask her to take them home with her in the evenings and on weekends, which she does occasionally, without pay. Amy has a GED and a computer skills certificate from a vocational school, and during the study year she began pursuing an associate’s degree at a local community college.

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