ERIC Number: ED157609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Pilot Child Care Sliding Fee Program in Ramsey County.
Ramsey County Child Care Council, Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
This study was designed to assess the monetary and human costs and benefits of the Pilot Child Care Sliding Fee Program in Ramsey County, Minnesota. A 21-item questionnaire was used to survey 53 of the 161 families who had participated in the program. The vast majority of the sample consisted of single, female, working-parent families with from one to four children enrolled in the program. Data from respondents' questionnaires were used to analyze direct and indirect negative effects on the families and the monetary cost to the government of terminating the program. Results showed that 23% of the families surveyed were forced to quit work to qualify for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), reduce their income to qualify for Title XX, or place their children in cheaper but less satisfactory child care arrangements as a result of program termination. Further results showed that 62% of the families (not exclusive of the 23% reported above) made written comments about serious difficulties they had had to face when the program was terminated. Although cost data showed that the average net cost to the government was much higher during the program than either before or after, results were interpreted as showing that the program financially benefitted the government in the long run since net expenditures were somewhat lower after the program than they had been before the program. Several pages of appendices are included. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ramsey County Child Care Council, Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota