ERIC Number: ED045175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Child Care and Working Mothers: A Study of Arrangements Made for Daytime Care of Children.
Ruderman, Florence A.
In 1960, the Child Welfare League of America began the Day Care Project to survey research to clarify and revise day care services. A three stage program assessed attitudes and practices in seven communities. Stage I tapped community opinions (namely, working mothers) on child welfare issues. Stage II utilized field techniques to survey supplementary child care practices in 300 families. Stage III surveyed 1400 day care facilities and studied licensing laws. When completed in 1964, the study revealed that (1) clientele came from normal homes, (2) children of working mothers need supplementary child care services, (3) much in-home care for infants is in a caretaker's home, (4) mothers want responsible care given and day care is frequently of poor quality, (5) staff reflects low standards of selection and staff is difficult to recruit, (6) virtues of family day care are seldom realized, and (7) good care must be differentiated by age of child. The findings suggest that current practices need to move toward developments of supplementary child care facilities which are independent of connotations of social work and public utility. (WY)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Child Caregivers, Children, Community Attitudes, Community Study, Day Care, Employed Women, Facilities, Family Characteristics, Home Programs, Mother Attitudes, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Socioeconomic Influences
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., 44 E. 23rd St., New York, N.Y. 10010 ($7.50)
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Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., New York, NY.