ERIC Number: ED060945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Group and Family Day Care: A Comparative Assessment.
The point is made that studies of day-care use consistently confirm that the most common form of day care is in-home day care by a relative or another person. Group care as it now functions is most practical for a mother who works regular daytime hours and lives within manageable commuting distance of a center. The yearly costs per child reported for group care have ranged from a low of $400 to $1300 reported to a high of $2195 to $3895. Costs in family day care range from $114 to $1170 per year with an average of $1040. Surveys of mothers' satisfaction with care all report fairly high satisfaction with their out-of-home arrangements. At present, there is little information on the effects of day care. The definition of quality care given in this study is a program which substitutes for a good home. Findings of this study also include: (1) Size of day care centers is directly related to the quality of the program; (2) There did not appear to be any great differences in the quality of the programs related to auspices; (3) The quality of teacher performance is directly related to the type and amount of staff training; and (4) Staff of quality day care programs were judged to be more child-centered. (CK)
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Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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Note: Prepared for Family Day Care West - A Working Conference (Pasadena, Calif., February 18-19, 1972)