ERIC Number: ED315178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-4
Reference Count: N/A
Who Will Care for Our Children?
In any consideration of the ways in which intergenerational child care meets the needs of parents and children, attention should be given to the needs of the older persons who are involved in significant numbers in the child care work force. Individuals over the age of 65 account for 25 percent of U.S. family day care providers, 13 percent of other child care workers, and 7 percent of preschool teachers. Given these numbers, the following questions are appropriate: (1) Why is child care an appropriate field of work for older persons? (2) What criteria need to be met if child care is to be an appropriate field for the older worker? (3) What are the options for older persons in child care? (4) What are the anticipated outcomes for older workers in child care? Discussion provides responses to these questions and a description of an intergenerational child care demonstration model designed to empower older workers to participate in the development and management of a self-functioning, solvent child care program. The model involves 15 children and a staff of five adults, all of whom are over 55 years of age. In 1987, of 108 older adults completing their first year of participation in an intergenerational child care program, 67.6 percent reported improvement in their feelings of being valued, 63.9 percent reported improvement in their feelings of happiness, and 54.6 percent reported an improvement in satisfaction with life. (RH)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Criteria, Day Care, Demonstration Programs, Early Childhood Education, Guidelines, Intergenerational Programs, Models, Older Adults, Older Workers, Postsecondary Education, Teacher Characteristics, Training
University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, 811 William Pitt Union, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (Publication No. 05-89-534, $1.30).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Center for Social and Urban Research.