ERIC Number: ED165832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Child Care Program Feasibility Study.
McDaniel, Walter A.
A survey of 35 Cape-Atlantic child day care centers was conducted to examine the possibility of establishing a child care curriculum at Atlantic Community College. The facilities contacted were divided into four groups: nursery, private, church-related, and hospital-related. It was found that privately operated facilities accounted for approximately 50% of the respondents. The survey revealed that 1,861 children were served by these centers; 95% were between the ages of two and five years, 69% attended full-day sessions, and children in 89% of the centers were supervised by teachers who held baccalaureate degrees. Staffing patterns varied for each facility. A total of 215 individuals were employed by the 35 facilities. Teachers composed 25% and teacher's aides composed 27%. A ratio of children served to staff employed was 1:9. With respect to personnel training, 29% indicated that tuition was the main source of funding, while 34% relied on state and federal funding. Thirty-five percent of the facilities planned expansion of operations and 23% anticipated opening additional positions. Of the individuals interviewed, 89% felt that there were employment possibilities for persons with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Care. All respondents felt that there was a need for such a program. (Author/MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Atlantic Community Coll., Mays Landing, NJ.