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ERIC Number: ED361072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 27
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Who Can Afford Child Care?
Hancock, Timothy; And Others
Child care costs place a heavy burden on working families with young children. This study investigated relationships among income, cost of living, and child care costs in families who purchased center-based child care. Subjects were 720 families from Massachusetts, Georgia, and Virginia. Parents were interviewed separately to obtain information on income, employment, child care costs, family structure, child rearing styles, attitudes, role expectations, and subjective measures of individual and family well-being. Median and per capita incomes for the sample were calculated, and a standard of living index was established for comparison with 1990 census data on populations of families with children. Analysis revealed that the standard of living of families who can afford child care was significantly higher than the average standard of living from families with children in all three states. Single parent and ethnic minority families had a much lower standard of living, especially when they had more than one child. The study demonstrated the reliability, for cross-geographical comparison, of the standard of living index as an objective measure of family economic welfare. (Contains 12 tables/figures.) (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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