ERIC Number: ED060951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Who Cares for the Children? A Study of Child Care in Olmstead County, Minnesota, 1970.
Strand, Roger; And Others
An attempt was made to gather information about working women and to learn what provisions they made for the care of their preschool age children while they worked. In the pursuit of this information, the following tasks were performed: (1) documentation of where and how children are cared for while their mothers work, (2) finding out what working mothers want regarding care for their children, (3) study of the interrelated elements between child care arrangements and the mothers' work situations, (4) drawing up of specific conclusions from the study so that future discussions and plans are based upon reliable evidence, and (5) prescribing of avenues for future action based on documented needs of the community. To obtain this information, two separate questionnaires were designed: one for the mother and the other for the employer. Findings of this study include: (1) Working mothers are here to stay; (2) The number of women in the labor market grows each year; (3) Parents are prone to accept custodial care as being sufficient; (4) Working mothers choose child care arrangements that are most convenient; and (5) Day care services are often poorly defined. It is recommended that: (1) A day care communications center be established; (2) Programs presently providing group day care services to children be improved; and (3) A resource center for licensed family day care mothers be established. (CK)
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Development, Community Involvement, Data Collection, Day Care, Employed Women, Employer Attitudes, Financial Needs, Improvement Programs, Interviews, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Preschool Children, Questionnaires, Research, Resource Centers, Social Services, Young Children
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Olmsted County Dept. of Social Services, Rochester, Minn.
Authoring Institution: Synergetic Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Minnesota (Olmsted County)