ERIC Number: ED408027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Parents Speak about Child Care. Second Edition.
The Wheelock College (MA) Family Child Care Project conducted 23 focus discussions of parents' child care experiences. Participants were groups of 8 to 12 parents in 9 U.S. cities. These groups were equal in their use of family child care (either in the provider's home, or in child care centers and preschools). This document presents a thematic analysis of the videotapes resulting from the project. Part 1 of the document analyzes the parents' child care concerns, values, and attitudes. Part 2 analyzes what parents look for in child care. Part 3 interprets the meaning of the findings and their implications. Part 4 presents the caregivers' perspective and their relationship with the parents. Part 5 looks at the separate worlds of mothers and caregivers, the resulting interference in this partnership, and the cultural barriers that prevent the reform of the existing child care system. Among the findings are: arranging for child care is the mother's job; choosing and using a child care arrangement for the first time is very difficult; parents and caregivers live in two different worlds, which may prevent them from working together in the best interest of the child; and there is a need for parent education and consumer awareness around child care issues. (AS)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Day Care Effects, Decision Making, Parent Attitudes, Parent Caregiver Relationship, Parent Role, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Preschool Education, Teacher Attitudes
Wheelock College Family Child Care Project, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 ($10 includes shipping).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Dayton-Hudson Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
Authoring Institution: Wheelock Coll., Boston, MA.