ERIC Number: ED357834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Need for Childcare Services in Mississippi: Estimates, Projections, and Public Support for Funding. Social Research Report Series 90-1.
Howell, Frank M.; Wade, Cynthia K.
This report examines Mississippi's current and future childcare needs, drawing from two statewide telephone surveys conducted in 1988. Part I of the report provides an overview of four key topics: (1) childcare as a business issue; (2) childcare as an ongoing family life issue; (3) patterns of childcare arrangements in the United States; and (4) projections of the supply and demand for childcare nationwide. Part II offers estimates of the current usage of childcare in Mississippi, indicating that 35% of parents of children less than 5 years of age said they used a daycare service for those children, with the rate dropping to 8% for school-age children. Part III considers the potential demand for daycare and after-school care, focusing on the interest in childcare services among parents who are not currently using these services. In part IV, childcare needs are projected from 1988 to 2000. Tables show statewide projections and provisional estimates for counties. A comparison drawn between current childcare slots and needs reveals a significant gap between probable needs for the near future and the apparent certifiable capacity to deliver childcare services. Finally, part V uses survey data to assesses the public's support for funding childcare services in Mississippi, revealing that in both surveys, over 60% of the respondents indicated that the state should provide additional funding for childcare. (AC)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Employed Parents, Enrollment Projections, Futures (of Society), Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Public Support, School Age Day Care, State Surveys
Social Research Report Series, Social Science Research Center, P.O. Box 5287, Mississippi State, MS 39762 (MAFES Publication D-7499).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Social Science Research Center.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi