ERIC Number: ED357576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
"My Life Was Turned Upside Down...": Child Care and Employment among Mothers of Young Children with Disabilities. Working Paper Series, No. 232.
Fink, Dale Borman
Two surveys, one qualitative and one quantitative, were conducted of the opinions and experiences of New York State parents of children with learning delays and disabilities regarding parental labor force participation, child care options, and preferences in state policies. A total of 141 parents responded to the quantitative survey and 210 to the qualitative survey. Twenty-six key findings are reported. Strikingly convergent results were found from the two surveys, including a lower participation rate by mothers of children with disabilities in the labor force than by mothers in general, and a common desire for special services to be provided at regular child care and early childhood settings. Most parents, particularly mothers, had made major sacrifices, adjustments, and compromises for their children but differed in the degree to which they believed public policy should consider their needs as well as those of their children. (DB)
Descriptors: Day Care, Delivery Systems, Developmental Disabilities, Disabilities, Employed Parents, Employment, Labor Force, Mother Attitudes, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Public Policy, Respite Care, State Surveys, Young Children
Publications Department, Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181-8259 ($5, plus $2 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.; New York State Child Care Coordinating Council, Hempstead.
Identifiers - Location: New York