ERIC Number: ED313878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
"A Quiet Fight All the Way": A Report on the Need for Child Care among Parents of School-Age Children with Handicapping Conditions. Working Paper No. 178.
Fink, Dale Borman
This paper describes experiences in seeking and using after-school child care of 66 parents whose children (ages 5 through 16) have moderate to severe disabilities. Using the parents' own words, the paper shows how lack of child care has affected these people in their employment choices and personal lives. Data from 67 completed questionnaires are summarized in what is meant not as scientific sample but more as "a series of snapshots." Among findings were the following: that mental retardation was the most common special need; that older disabled children were substantially more likely to be refused admission to a child care program than younger children; that 40% of the sample's children were currently enrolled in after-school child care services; and that 61% of the parents preferred the mainstreamed child care environment. The strengths and weaknesses of mainstreaming in child care services are given special attention. (PB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Parents, Mental Retardation, Parent Attitudes, Parent Grievances, Questionnaires, School Age Day Care
Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.
Note: Funding also provided by MONY Financial Series of New York.