ERIC Number: ED330190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Prince George's County School-Age Child Care Needs Assessment for Children with Special Needs.
This school-age child care needs assessment was administered in September 1989 in Prince Georges County (Maryland) Public Schools special education centers and schools with special education wings. Disabilities among the 853 children attending the seven schools responding to the survey were mental retardation, orthopedic disabilities, and emotional impairments. Results indicate that many special needs children require at-home care well past the usual age of 14. Many parents of children with serious emotional problems needed assistance in accepting and understanding their child's disability. Parents of children with disabilities were found to be less likely than average parents to work outside the home, although almost half were single parents and 79% of unemployed parents said they would pursue training and employment if appropriate child care were available. Almost one-fourth of families enrolled at early childhood centers reported incomes under $10,000. These and other findings are discussed, current services and the methodology of the study are described, and recommendations are put forth for future policy initiatives. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's County Commission for Children and Youth, Landover, MD.