Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

More and more fathers whose wives are employed are regularly caring for their children, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In families where the mother is employed, one-fifth of fathers of preschoolers were the children’s primary caregiver. Overall, in 2010, 32% of fathers with working wives regularly cared for their children under age 15, up from 26% in 2002.

“A recession may force families to adjust their child care arrangements,” Lynda Laughlin, a family demographer at the Census Bureau, said in a news release. “It can trigger unemployment or changes in work hours, thus increasing the availability of fathers to provide child care. It also can reduce available income to pay for child care outside of the home.”

The news release lists other highlights from the report — Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2010.” These include: