ERIC Number: ED445786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: 0
Necessary Compromises: How Parents, Employers and Children's Advocates View Child Care Today.
Farkas, Steve; Duffett, Ann; Johnson, Jean
Changing attitudes, economics, and social norms have transformed how children are cared for. This nationwide survey examined views of parents, nonparental adults, employers, and children's advocates regarding child care and some of the policy debates these changes have spawned. Data collection methods included telephone surveys of 815 parents of children 5 years or under, interviews with 444 parents of children 6 to 17 and 214 nonparental adults, and mail surveys of 218 employers and 216 children's advocates. Major findings indicated that most parents of young children say they should bear primary child care responsibility. Seventy percent of parents believe that having a full-time parent at home is the best way to provide care for children under 5 years, with nearly half having made arrangements to do so. Parents generally regard day care centers with substantial distrust and often consider them as the option of last resort. Most parents indicated that day care should be improved rather than abandoned. The majority of parents using day care were pleased with their arrangement. Parents were primarily interested in tax policies that would make it more affordable for them to have a parent at home full-time during children's earliest years. Fewer than half the parents thought their employer was doing as much as could be expected about child care. Most employers were sympathetic but found it difficult to offer child care benefits. Child advocates believed that high-quality day care centers could be designed to provide care equivalent to that of parents. (Supportive data tables, endnotes, and a description of the methodology conclude this report.) (KB)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Child Advocacy, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Employer Attitudes, Employers, Family Work Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Public Policy, Taxes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
Note: With Tony Foleno and Patrick Foley.