ERIC Number: ED314157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-24
Reference Count: N/A
Caring for Our Common Wealth: The Economics of Child Care in Massachusetts. Prepared for the Massachusetts Affordability Task Force.
Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Center for Survey Research.
Researchers conducted a telephone survey of a random sample of 750 Massachusetts families with one or more children under the age of 13 in an effort to: (1) quantify the current use of various forms of child care by such families; (2) identify regional differences in the use of child care; (3) estimate the need for child care services in 1995; (4) improve understanding of the costs of providing child care in Massachusetts; (5) determine the scope of the affordability problem in the state and its impact on low and moderate income families; (6) review state resources for addressing the affordability problem; (7) review options for addressing the problem; and (8) illustrate costs and benefits of policies for helping parents with child care costs. In addition, licensed family day care providers and day care centers were randomly surveyed. This report presents findings of analyses of the three surveys, information gathered through discussions with child care experts, and a review of the related literature. Results indicate that if the Massachusetts economy is to continue to grow, the labor force must expand and child care is key to making this happen. A total of 17 tables supplements the text. Over 40 references are cited. An appendix identifies sources and amounts of philanthropic support for child care in 1984, 1985, and 1986. (RH)
Descriptors: Day Care, Delivery Systems, Differences, Early Childhood Education, Futures (of Society), Grants, Program Costs, Regional Characteristics, State Programs, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Use Studies
Massachusetts Office for Children, 10 West Street, Boston, MA 02111 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Office for Children, Boston.; Massachusetts State Dept. of Social Services, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Center for Survey Research.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts