ERIC Number: ED157981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Issues on Day Care: The Special Needs of Black Working Women.
Whaley, Betti S.; Lewis, Toye B.
A review of current programs and the growing crisis in program delivery within New York City's Agency for Child Development demonstrates the special problems of black mothers in the labor force. The New York case study indicates that there are three basic and critical issues currently confronting public policy for the care of young children: (1) eligibility requirements; (2) the requirements that long term day care be developmental in nature; and (3) consideration of the role of adults in day care programs. A survey conducted in the fall of 1975 indicated that the supply of day care services in New York is grossly inadequate to meet the demand. This situation is reflective of day care problems across the nation, and carries strong implications for job opportunities for the black woman. The inadequate number of available child care slots deprive her children of services. The stringent eligibility requirements for publicly funded day care work against her possible upward mobility. Fiscal restraints threaten to turn developmental services into little more than a custodial service for low income children, with no emphasis on total family involvement. The combination of these factors conspire to keep the black woman in a disadvantaged position in terms of employment, education, and social mobility. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Blacks, Case Studies, Child Care, Day Care, Employed Women, Females, Minority Group Children, Minority Groups, Public Policy, Socioeconomic Status
Not available separately; See UD 018 455
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Educational Equity Group. Women's Research Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)