ERIC Number: ED253294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Employer Sponsored Child Care Services: An Assessment of University Employee Needs.
Roscoe, Bruce; Peterson, Karen L.
The aims of the present study were (1) to develop an instrument that would assess the child care needs of a relatively large group of university employees, and (2) to determine whether sufficient need existed to impel the employer to establish such a worker benefit. The project was conceived when a single group of employees (clerical personnel) approached the university administration regarding the issue of child care. In response, the university supported the idea of conducting an investigation of employees' child care needs. Representatives from the administration and various employee groups discussed the employees' child care needs and constructed a questionnaire, which was pilot-tested on a group of nonuniversity employees. Then the questionnaire was distributed through university employee groups; a 43 percent return was obtained. Analyses of data indicated that 14 percent of the respondents had children under 13 years of age and that half of these respondents were using some type of paid child care. Other results indicated that employees had relatively little difficulty in arranging child care at moderate expense. It was concluded that adequate services presently existed in the community. However, the university became aware of employees' needs and the potential benefits to the employer of onsite child care services. Thus, an agreement was negotiated with the city school system to reserve slots in child care centers located near the university. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
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