ERIC Number: ED116782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Dependency Status of A.F.D.C. Mothers Using Day Care. Final Report.
Helfgot, Joseph; Morris, Daniel
This study analyzes the day care-related perceptions of a group of low-income women who voluntarily enrolled their children in group day care in order to obtain or maintain employment, and explores the employment experiences of these women. Face-to-face unstructured interviews were conducted by trained black or Hispanic interviewers with 157 New York City black, Puerto Rican, or Hispanic mothers who had been on welfare when they enrolled their child in day care. Results showed that mothers maintained a strong positive attitude towards day care programs, services, and personnel. Educational benefits, supervisory services, and other child-centered factors were the primary reasons that the women perceived day care positively. The availability of group day care appeared to support their initial decision to work. Most women decided to go to work for financial reasons, although the jobs they secured were usually low status ones with low wages. Success in employment was found to be positively related to amount of education, working experience, and a favorable job market. Findings are discussed in light of past research in this area, and recommendations are made to increase the effectiveness of social welfare programs. (BRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Day Care Council of New York, Inc., NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)