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ERIC Number: ED162759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 99
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Public School Center vs. Family Home Day Care: Single Parents' Reasons for Selection.
Rothschild, Maria Stupp
This study investigates the reasons single parents in San Diego had for choosing either a public day care center or a licensed day care home for their children. A sample of 30 single parents with children in school district administered children's centers was drawn and matched by a similarly geographically distributed sample of 23 parents with children in day care homes. Thirty reasons which might influence parent's choice of child care were used in a Q-sort instrument which required subjects to rank reasons for choosing child care. Data were processed by frequency distribution and clustering and analyzed for significant differences using Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic, Chi-square and Student-Fisher t. Results indicated that parents did not choose their child care for reasons which were either child-oriented or parent-oriented; nor did those reasons influence choices between public school day care centers and licensed day care homes. It was found that single parents chose their child care because the facility offered a structured program with a well-trained, competent staff focusing on the needs of the child, easy access in terms of nearness to home and flexibility of hours, and an environment which provides an extension of the home. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, San Diego State University