NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED504488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Parents Pleased With Child Care Options and Quality. Research Brief, Volume 96, Number 4
Public Policy Forum
A recent survey of 430 parents in southeastern Wisconsin finds the majority are satisfied with the quality of their child care arrangements and their options for child care. Most say they would not change anything about their child care arrangement if they had the chance, and nearly two-thirds report a willingness to pay more for their current child care. The high rates of satisfaction may contradict other research on child care quality in the region which, using more empirical methods, has found that the majority of child care providers are of mediocre quality. Parents' general satisfaction with the quality of their child care providers also may explain why legislative efforts to improve child care quality in Wisconsin have found little grass roots support. Parents may be satisfied with what experts may deem lower quality child care either because they are not aware the quality is not optimal, or because they value different aspects of quality than do researchers and policymakers. Results of the 106-question telephone survey suggest that future efforts to regulate child care quality should take into account the high levels of parent satisfaction and acknowledge that, in some ways, the priorities of parents, the state and experts in the field are not the same. While parents may seek and be most satisfied with a warm and loving caregiver, state policymakers have been considering new incentives that emphasize the educational quality of caregivers. The survey also reveals, however, that parents are uncertain about how and whether their child care provider is regulated by the state and are not very knowledgeable about child care accreditation. There were also significant demographic and geographic differences among the sample with regard to the type of child care used and the affordability of care. (Contains 8 charts and 9 tables.)
Public Policy Forum. 633 West Wisconsin Avenue Suite 406, Milwaukee, WI 53203. Tel: 414-276-8240; Fax: 414-276-9962; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin