ERIC Number: ED216782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Caring for Our Children Now and Into the 1980's: A Study of Parents' and Childrens' Needs in South Minneapolis.
Palm, Glen; Boyer, Margaret
A study was conducted by the South Side Child Care Committee (SSCCC) primarily to assess the future child care needs of parents residing in seven neighborhoods of South Minneapolis and to involve community members in policy formation and program planning processes. Initially, a pilot study utilizing the Delphi approach and a SSCCC-developed questionnaire was conducted among 54 families in a large, low income South Minneapolis neighborhood with few child care programs. The Delphi technique is a method for structuring a group communication process that equalizes the flow of information to and from all participants. After the pilot study, a door-to-door survey was conducted in all seven neighborhoods in two rounds. Round I involved a random sample of 167 persons and Round II involved 126 persons. The questionnaire used in Round I was open-ended to obtain parents' ideas. The Round II questionnaire prioritized items from Round I and elicited policy forecasts and preferences for the next 6 to 7 years. Because dissemination of information was considered to be perhaps the most important aspect of the study, results were fed back to all survey participants. Additionally, reports were made to the SSCCC and a subcommittee, and Round I and II results were sent to the neighborhood organization in each neighboorhood surveyed. Results are discussed and survey instruments are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southside Child Care Committee, Minneapolis, MN.
Identifiers: Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Note: Supported by the Minneapolis Urban Corps Program.