ERIC Number: ED421223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Caring for Our Children: A Survey of Child Care Providers in Utah.
J.E.D.I. for Women, Salt Lake City, UT.
Justice, Economic Dignity and Independence for Women (JEDI for Women) is an activist organization made up of low-income women and their allies that addresses public policy issues which impact low-income women and their families. The organization surveyed child care providers to better understand the issues of low-income parents making the transition from welfare to work. Over 100 licensed child care providers across Utah were interviewed on the availability of care and child care slots, the hours of service, state reimbursement and regulation, cost of care, providers' policies and procedures, quality of care, economic status of child care providers, and providers' biggest unmet "need." Results showed: (1) a significant deficit in the number of child care slots available; (2) available care is not, on average, affordable for low-wage workers; and (3) child care workers receive very low wages and seldom receive benefits. The case of a single mother of two children is included to illustrate the need for affordable child care for low income families. Recommendations for public policy are provided. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: J.E.D.I. for Women, Salt Lake City, UT.
Identifiers - Location: Utah