ERIC Number: ED315181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Challenges Facing Boston Families: The Need for School-Age Child Care.
Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; Parents United for Child Care, Boston, MA.
A survey on the need for school-age child care in Boston was conducted as part of a Parents United for Child Care (PUCC) campaign to increase the supply of child care and after-school programs for children between the ages of 5 and 14. The survey was distributed in May, 1989 to 4,913 families with elementary school children at 10 Boston Public schools and 6 Archdiocese schools across the city. Particular schools were selected in an effort to provide a geographic and racially representative survey sample. Surveys were printed in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and copies in appropriate languages were distributed according to the population enrollments at each school. A total of 1,447 surveys were returned. This document provides a compilation of the data and survey results. Recommendations for the city, schools, the state, employers, child care agencies, parents, and religious, educational, corporate, and philanthropic organizations are offered. Subsequent discussion focuses on: (1) the need for school-age child care in Boston; (2) characteristics of families who responded; (3) places where children spend their time before and after school when unsupervised by parents; (4) parental satisfaction with current arrangements; (5) barriers to use of school-age care; (6) school-age child care and employment; and (7) parents' preferences for school-age child care arrangements. (RH)
Descriptors: Community Surveys, Elementary Education, Employed Parents, Family Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics, Latchkey Children, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Parochial Schools, Public Schools, School Age Day Care
Parents United for Child Care, 25 West Street, Boston, MA 02111.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; Parents United for Child Care, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)