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ERIC Number: ED154915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 91
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Rural and Urban Differences in Day Care.
Olsen, Glenn William
This study investigates rural and urban differences in the need for and use of child care services. The research reported here consists of a secondary analysis of data collected in needs assessment questionnaires administered in four areas: rural Dane County, Wisconsin; urban Stoughton, Wisconsin; urban Madison, Wisconsin; and a five-county area in north central Minnesota identified as 50% rural farm, 27% rural non-farm, and 23% urban. Fourteen of the 16 items common to all four questionnaires had to be recoded due to differences in wording of questions and choice of responses offered across questionnaires. Results comparing the four sets of data showed that day care was used more by urban than by rural residents, that nursery schools were used by more urban than rural residents, that rural residents had their children in school all day more often than urban residents, while urban residents had their children in school part of the day more often than rural residents, and that relatives took care of children more in urban than in rural families. Results also showed that more rural residents said they needed after school day care and that urban residents were more likely to state that they had no need for child care. In addition, findings revealed that more rural residents knew of nursery schools and day care programs, licensed family day care homes, and other day care programs than did their urban counterparts. Questionnaires are included in the appendices. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Master's Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison