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ERIC Number: ED510984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 150
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 149
Child Care Choices of Hispanic Families: Why Aren't Families Using Center Care? PRGS Dissertation
Daugherty, Lindsay
RAND Corporation, Doctoral Dissertation, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Hispanic children are likely to make up a large portion of those who are targeted by new public initiatives in early childhood education because they are the fastest-growing segment of the child population in the United States. They are a particularly large segment of the population in California, where they account for 59 percent of the population of children under age 5 in Los Angeles County. Yet despite being such a large portion of the child population, Hispanic children in the United States, California, and Los Angeles County lag behind other children in terms of enrollment in preschools and child care centers. For new public funding initiatives to have an significant impact on Hispanic children, it is critical to determine why these children are not using child care centers at the rates observed among children of other races and ethnicities. This dissertation focuses on the role of three factors that have been acknowledged in the literature as potential causes of the lesser enrollment of Hispanic children in center care: access to care by relatives and the relationship between this access and use of relative and center child care; access to center child care and the relationship to use of center care; and the role of language as a barrier in preventing Hispanic families from accessing center care. Six appendices are included. (Contains 17 tables, 6 figures and 2 footnotes.) [This document was submitted as a dissertation in December 2009 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS). Funding for this study was provided by the JL Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School