ERIC Number: ED343664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Just Like Any Parent: The Child Care Choices of Welfare Mothers in New Jersey.
In spring and summer of 1991, five focus groups gathered information on the child care choices of welfare mothers and helped organizations participating in the Expanded Child Care Options Demonstration program develop a child care supply that met parents' needs. Three of the focus groups were made up of African-American women, with one of the three groups composed of teen mothers. Hispanic women comprised the two other groups. The 58 focus group participants discussed their current child care arrangements, how the arrangements were selected, degree of satisfaction with care, perceptions of ideal care situations, and advantages and disadvantages of care for children in different age groups. The study revealed that adult women in both ethnic groups preferred day care centers, with only eight relying on relatives or family day care. Teen mothers, on the other hand, relied almost exclusively on relatives. Women in all groups wanted safe, clean environments where their children would receive individual attention from caregivers who understood children and supported their growth and development. However, they felt that they would not be able to afford well-equipped, well- staffed programs, even with government assistance. The only situation in which day care centers were not regarded as the best alternative was care for infants. Study findings underscored the importance of providing parents in Job Opportunities and Basic Skills programs with information about the benefits of various kinds of care settings before asking about their preferences. (AC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Age Differences, Blacks, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Family Day Care, Hispanic Americans, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, State Surveys, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street, New York, NY 10025 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: African Americans; Day Care Selection; Expanded Child Care Options Demonstration; New Jersey
Note: Research funded by a grant from the Corporation for the Advancement of Policy Evaluation.