ERIC Number: ED339522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Demand and Supply of Child Care in 1990: Joint Findings from the National Child Care Survey 1990 and a Profile of Child Care Settings.
Willer, Barbara; And Others
This document reports the results of two coordinated studies of early education and care in the United States. Information on child care demand was provided through the National Child Care Survey 1990 (NCCS), which involved interviews with 4,392 parents. Information on child care supply was provided by A Profile of Child Care Settings (PCS), which involved interviews with 2,089 center directors and 583 day care providers. The results of the NCCS are presented in terms of types of supplemental care arrangements, hours children spend in care, and overall demand. The results of the PCS are presented in a profile of care settings and descriptions of child care programs' regional distribution and organizational sponsorship. A study of the relationship between supply and demand considers the process of locating the proper form of care. Those seeking care will consider the options and types of service available, and the costs of care. The key characteristics of care, including program goals, child-staff ratios, teacher training, and parental satisfaction, are highlighted. Trends in program enrollment, fees, and resources are identified. References number 20. An appendix describes the NCCS and PCS methodology, and evaluates NCCS and PCS estimates of day care center enrollments and the number of nonregulated family day care homes. (BC)
Descriptors: Day Care, Day Care Centers, Differences, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Enrollment, Family Day Care, Fees, Mothers, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Regional Characteristics, Supply and Demand, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Student Ratio, Welfare Services
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1834 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-5786 (Publication No. 136--$5.00 plus $1.75 shipping).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.; National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Day Care Selection; National Child Care Survey 1990; Profile of Child Care Settings; Program Characteristics