ERIC Number: ED260829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Preschool Experiences and Child-Care Arrangements of Illinois Children.
Arnold, Gerald; And Others
The purpose of this report, one of several background papers for a comprehensive policy study of early childhood education, is to summarize the available statistics relating to preschool experiences and school-age child care arrangements and to estimate the extent of the need for various child care arrangements in the State of Illinois. Following a description of the methodology used to obtain statistics as well as a brief explanation of the changing child care needs in our society, an extensive review of the statistics is delineated. Tables provide 1980 Illinois Census data in these areas: (l) estimated number of children under 12 years of age and percent of each group enrolled in school, (2) estimated amount of adult supervision required by children under the age of 12, (3) cumulative estimates of numbers of families with children in selected age groups, and (4) presence of parents in labor force in families with children under 12 years of age. Based on the available data, projections are made for the number of children currently receiving custodial day care services and those receiving inadequate day care services as well as for child care arrangements for preschool age children. In addition, census data summaries provide the following conclusions: (l) increasing numbers of single-parent families and families in which both parents work have resulted in a need for child care services that are provided by adults other than the parents; (2) in 1980, over one and a half million Illinois children under 12 years required child care services; (3) in 1983, an estimated quarter million families required child care services for children of preschool ages; and (4) the provision of quality child care and the environment in which this care is provided is of concern to parents and educators because of its influence on the children's future educational and social attainments. (DST)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Dept. of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois