ERIC Number: ED208944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Impacts of Child Care Policies on Welfare Recipients in Michigan. Research Study Results.
Sponseller, Doris Bergen
By surveying the viewpoints of parents receiving public assistance and practitioners who provide publicly supported child care, this study explored some of the values which underly child care policy and some of the practical problems in delivering child care services. A mailed questionnaire was sent to 1,200 parents (of whom 800 were receiving child care and 400 were eligible but not receiving care), to a systematic random sample of 2,186 providers (of whom 456 were center providers, 500 were family day care providers, and 1,009 were aides), and to all day care service workers and consultants in Michigan (samples of 187 and 38, respectively). The first part of the questionnaire asked for demographic and personal information, the second part elicited respondents' choices about current and proposed child care policy and practice, and the third part asked respondents to indicate their level of agreement with values which might be expressed by other actors in the child care policy field. Results of the questionnaire are reported in the following manner: first, characteristics of the respondents in each major category are described; then their responses to the questions on policy and practices are reported. Next, statistical comparisons among subsamples on 10 selected variables related to the study's hypotheses are discussed. Mean levels of agreement with each of the statements in part 3 of the questionnaire are reported. Finally, statistical differences in subsample scores on the dimensions of control/responsibility, scope, and quality of child care are outlined. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Attitude Measures, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Family Day Care, Parent Attitudes, Participant Characteristics, Policy Formation, Public Support, Questionnaires, State Surveys, Values, Welfare Services
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan League for Human Services, Detroit.; Wheelock Coll., Boston, MA.
Note: Best copy available. For related document, see PS 012 442.