ERIC Number: ED438029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Subsidized Child Care by Philadelphia Families: Findings and Discussion.
Sterman, Sara Vernon; Dichter, Harriet
The study examined the consequences of delay in enrollment in subsidized child care and the impact of funding on the choices and perceived opportunities of families once they begin receiving child care subsidies. Subjects were 106 working families in Philadelphia who are either using subsidized child care or who are waiting to enroll in the subsidized child care program. During the telephone interviews, 97.2 percent of respondents described themselves as sole providers, 51.9 percent reported having some college education, 81.1 percent were African-American, and 55 percent reported requesting or having care for only one child. Interviewed families reported that productivity at work was promoted through the child care subsidy program; parental peace of mind was greatly enhanced; and more funds were available to meet basic needs for food, shelter, and health care. Concerning the types and cost of care, respondents reported that center care is the most popular selection for both waiting and enrolled families, and that families on the waiting list often paid more for child care than did program-enrolled families. Families enrolled in the program cited quality, flexibility, location, and availability as key factors in selecting child care providers; waiting list families indicated that location and cost mattered most. Families changed child care providers primarily because of dissatisfaction with the quality of care received, but also because of cost. Waiting list families were more likely to change providers. Center-based care enrollees were most likely to continue with their current provider when subsidized. An appendix provides an overview of the child care subsidy program. (DLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, PA.; Philadelphia Child Care Resources, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)