ERIC Number: ED285688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
America's Child Care Needs: The 1987 AFSCME National Secretaries Week Opinion Poll.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Washington, DC.
A nationwide poll of 600 working Americans indicated extensive support for increased child care programs and for government policies that support and expand child care for working parents. Responses suggested that (1) the greatest support for increased child care comes from middle-class families and workers; (2) the need for improvements and expansion of services is recognized by those currently using child care; (3) many young parents' satisfaction with child care arrangements is limited by concerns about cost, quality, and availability; (4) inadequate child care services affect employment and promotion opportunities. Respondents extensively supported strict and uniform standards for the licensing of child care facilities, and an expansion of public school services to include a full day of optional child care during kindergarten. Other results showed that 12 percent of working parents with children under age 6 in child care have child care funded wholly or partially by their employer, and fully 36 percent of parents with children in child care prefer a more flexible work schedule in order to make more convenient child care arrangements. It is concluded that employers and the government are not responding adequately to child care needs, and that a national strategy is needed. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Washington, DC.