ERIC Number: ED309809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-14
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Need for Expansion of Child Care Services for Harper Employees and Students. Volume XVII, No. 5.
Neuhauser, Carol; And Others
In 1989, a study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to assess the current and potential child care needs of students and staff and to determine whether the early childhood program child care services should be expanded. A survey was mailed to 708 full-time faculty, full-time staff, and part-time staff and to 312 students responsible for children under the age of 12. Study findings, based on a 27% response rate from staff/faculty and a 26% response rate from students, included the following: (1) if services were available at the hours needed, projected clients of WRHC's Child Care Center would include 43 staff/faculty members and 255 students; (2) faculty/staff had the greatest need for child care in the late afternoons, while students needed child care most during the evenings; (3) almost all who had an interest in using the center indicated that they would be willing to pay for part-time care at a rate of $2 per hour; (4) 31 people indicated a need for full-time infant care, 53 for full-time toddler care, 120 for full-time care for 2- to 5-year olds, and 69 for kindergarten; (5) the most frequent problem experienced by those who needed or used child care was getting a child care schedule that matched their work or college schedule; (6) 46.2% of the faculty/staff respondents and 91.9% of the students currently had relatives caring for their children; and (7) students paid an average of $74 a week per child for full-time child care, and an average of $44 per week per child for part-time care. The survey instrument and open-ended comments from the respondents are attached. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.