ERIC Number: ED429676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Child Care and Family Support Partnership Informal Care Project: Report on the First Cohort.
Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Family Support.
In July of 1997, Bank Street College of Education's Center for Family Support initiated a collaborative project to provide support to family, friends, and neighbors who care for other people's children. Five agencies participated in the project: the Center, Child Care, Inc., Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCO), Aquinas Housing Corporation (Aquinas), and the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB). The three objectives of the project were to: (1) enhance the quality of care that children receive from kith and kin caregivers; (2) provide these caregivers with information about economic opportunities in the child care field; and (3) enhance community organizations' capacity to meet child care needs in their neighborhoods. In order to achieve project goals, a series of focus groups were conducted to gather information about caregivers. The findings were analyzed and developed into a curriculum to prepare staff of the community organizations to work with caregivers. The project served a total of 135 caregivers in three 6-month cycles. Registration and participation records from 37 caregivers and conversations with program staff provided data regarding caregiver characteristics in the following areas: (1) members of household; (2) marital status; (3) ethnicity, gender, and language spoken at home; (4) education; (5) paid jobs and income source; (6) training; (7) experience; (8) children in care; (9) duration of care; (10) relationship between duration of care and caregiver status; (11) attendance and discussion topics of support groups; and (12) outcomes of the program. In post-project interviews with six participants, the caregivers indicated that they had learned new information that affected the way they worked with children. (LBT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Family Support.
Identifiers - Location: New York