ERIC Number: ED425856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Neighborhood Child Care: Family, Friends, and Neighbors Talk about Caring for Other People's Children.
This report details a qualitative study undertaken to add to the knowledge base about care provided by relatives, friends, and neighbors. Focus group discussions were organized with African American, Puerto Rican, and Dominican women who care for other people's children in three low-income communities in New York City. There were a total of 45 participants in the formal focus group discussion--21 participants in the English groups and 24 in the Spanish. The report discusses findings from the focus group discussions in the areas of: (1) relationship of the caregiver to the parent; (2) number and ages of children in care; (3) origin of the child care arrangements; (4) motivations for providing care; (5) child care schedules; (6) remuneration; (7) quality of care; and (8) caregivers' interests. The report also discusses safety and quality issues, offers a view of child care in the community as a continuum, and suggests implications for public policy and for programs. In conclusion, the report notes that by knitting family, friends, and neighbors together in the shared care of children, child care is a fundamental part of the social, economic, and cultural fabric of low-income communities. The report's four appendices present: (1) project description; (2) organizing the focus groups; (3) analysis of findings: subcategories; and (4) child care continuum. (LPP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Family Support.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)