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ERIC Number: ED183247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb-3
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Public Attitudes Reflect the Federal Government Involvement in Child Care Programs.
Yao, Esther Lee; Kaneko, Setsuko
In spite of the pressing need for good day care programs resulting mainly from a dramatic increase in the number of working mothers, there is no (federal) program of child care in the United States, except for the very poor. From the hypothesis that the lack of government response to growing day care needs reflects negative public attitudes toward federal involvement, the attitudes of 100 Clear Lake City residents were examined by mailed questionnaires. The questionnaire consisted of twenty-two items. The first eight questions centered on demographic information, such as sex, age, marital status, education, income, employment, and ages of their children. Questions 9-13 inquired into their opinions about employed mothers, and questions 14-20 were about child care arrangements in general and as applied to their own situations. The last two questions asked what role the federal government should play in day care. The responses to these questionnaires reveal a close similarity between respondents' attitudes toward federal involvement in child care programs and actual federal involvement in such programs. If the Clear Lake City sample is representative of the general public, then government policy is consistent with public attitudes. (Author/JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Address given at the University of Houston (Clear Lake City, TX, February 3, 1979)