ERIC Number: ED441610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Conducting Market Rate Surveys: How Does Your State Rate?
United States Association for Child Care, Lee's Summit, MO.
There is increasing concern among child care providers and states as to whether the methodology and data collection mechanisms of the various market rate surveys used by each state accurately capture the rates charged by child care providers. This paper examines issues related to market rate surveys as the customary method of determining appropriate public costs for child care. Section 1 of the paper explains how each of seven critical issues can influence market rate survey results: (1) defining the child care market; (2) establishing boundaries of the child care market; (3) identifying the child care providers in the market; (4) considering the bias associated with data collection methods; (5) designing and implementing the market rate survey; (6) interpreting the market rate survey results; and (7) including special tiered or differential reimbursement rates. Where available, examples from states are provided to highlight the challenges faced in conducting a sound market rate survey. This section also includes critical questions for each issue that stakeholders should consider when developing market rate studies for the individual states. Section 2 presents a set of recommendations for further study. (KB)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, State Surveys, Surveys
United States Association for Child Care, 3606 NE Basswood Drive, Lee's Summit, MO 64064. Tel: 800-484-9392 (Toll Free); Fax: 816-373-5914; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.
Authoring Institution: United States Association for Child Care, Lee's Summit, MO.