ERIC Number: ED382334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Valuing Families: The High Cost of Waiting for Child Care Sliding Fee Assistance. A Study of Families on the Child Care Sliding Fee Waiting List in Hennepin County, Minnesota. [With Summary Report.]
Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association, MN.
This study examined the effects on low-income families of being on a waiting list to receive child care subsidies under the Minnesota Child Care Sliding Fee Program. It surveyed 270 randomly-selected families in Hennepin County who had been on the waiting list, 38 of whom had begun receiving assistance at the time of the study. It found that: (1) without child care assistance, nearly 25 percent of the families had to turn to Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) to survive, and that 50 percent relied on food stamps; (2) the short-term costs of supporting families on welfare was $595 more per month than the cost of supporting a similar family with child care subsidies; (3) many families had incurred overwhelming debt as a result of their child care expenses; (4) nearly 50 percent of the parents felt trapped; and (5) many children on the waiting list were deprived of consistent, stable care and appropriate early childhood education. The study recommends that the Child Care Sliding Fee Program be fully funded and expanded. A summary booklet highlighting the major findings and recommendations of the report is included. (MDM)
Descriptors: Day Care, Debt (Financial), Early Childhood Education, Family Income, Family Programs, Grants, Low Income Groups, Mail Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Program Costs, Welfare Services
Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association, 1628 Elliot Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404 ($5; All orders must be prepaid).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minneapolis Foundation, Minn.
Authoring Institution: Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association, MN.
Identifiers: Child Care Needs; Minnesota (Hennepin County); Sliding Fee Scales; Waiting Lists