ERIC Number: ED437206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Faces on the Waiting List: Waiting for Child Care Assistance in Ramsey County. A Survey of Ramsey County Families on the Waiting List for Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Assistance.
Concerns about the growing waiting list for the child care assistance program in Ramsey County, Minnesota precipitated a telephone survey study of the experiences and attitudes of families on the waiting list. Participating in the study were 270 families randomly selected as a representative sample of individuals on the waiting list for March through September 1998; the overall response rate was 70 percent. The findings revealed that more than 80 percent of waiting list families were working, almost all full-time, with the majority earning $7.00 to $10.00 per hour. Two-thirds of the occupations represented on the waiting list were in the service and trade industries, similar to that typical in the region. Over 60 percent applied for assistance because of a change in their work situation or because of economic need. More than half the families would change their child care arrangement if assistance were received due to unreliable, inappropriate, unsafe, or unclean conditions. Half the families were using families or friends for free or low-cost care, with two-thirds using their savings. Based on these findings, it was concluded that child care assistance for these families would benefit the tight labor market, result in less loss of employees, and would provide a small number of families with opportunities to develop skills for better paying jobs. (Seven appendices include details of some of the results and a description of the study methodology. Two attachments are included.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ramsey County Human Services, St. Paul, MN.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Survey Research.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota