ERIC Number: ED241138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-15
Reference Count: 0
School-Age Day Care Study. Executive Summary.
Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Provided in this report are data on school-age child care in Virginia and Minnesota for the 1981-82 school year. Minnesota and Virginia were selected for study because of the prevalence of programs for school-age children, the rural/suburban/urban contrasts that could be made, the female labor force participation rates, and the adequate numbers and other population demographics of families with school-age children. Specific objectives of the study were to (1) describe the child care use patterns among families with varying demographic characteristics and with children of various ages; (2) explore parental satisfaction with current care; (3) describe how families find and select care; (4) explore the circumstances of and attitudes toward self- and sibling care; and (5) describe the community context for school-age care and explore ways in which communities meet their child care needs. Data were collected in the following ways: computer-assisted telephone interviews with a random sample of almost 1,000 households having school-age children; face-to-face discussions with parents, children, day care providers, and state and local officials; and group discussions with parents. Findings, based primarily on results of the telephone survey, indicate overall similarities between the two states. Additional findings are summarily discussed. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Self Care; Sibling Care; Usage Patterns; User Characteristics; Virginia