ERIC Number: ED362302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of the Child Care System in Evanston, Illinois: Parents, Directors, and Community Leaders Speak Out.
To assess the effectiveness of the child care delivery system in Evanston, Illinois, a study was conducted of parent and caregiver perceptions of the affordability, availability, accessibility, and quality of local child care services. Questionnaires were distributed to the directors of 14 local child care centers and to 832 parents currently utilizing full-time services, and telephone interviews were conducted with 16 community leaders. Study findings, based on responses from 226 parents, 10 directors, and the 16 community leaders, included the following results: (1) 79% of the parents paid less than 20% of their income for services, and 88% reported feeling very or somewhat satisfied with the cost of child care; (2) 75% of the parents indicated that they were very satisfied with the availability of services; (3) the mean score for parents' overall level of satisfaction with services was 13.23 on a 16-point scale; (4) average costs reported by directors for services were $153 per week for infants, $146 for toddlers, $126 for 2-year olds, $116 for preschoolers, and $76 for school-aged children; and (5) two community leaders thought that child care was not affordable for low-income parents, six remarked that local services were abundant, and five mentioned the need for greater collaboration between services. (Includes a review of the literature, 100 references, sample correspondence, the 3 survey instruments, and lists of participants.) (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Evanston)
Note: Master's Field Research Report, National-Louis University.