Child Care Choices, Consumer Education, and Low-Income Families

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National Center for Children in Poverty, 1992 - Child care services - 64 pages
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In 1991, the National Center for Children in Poverty undertook a study of low-income parents as child care consumers. The study involved a review of current research findings, interviews with staff of child resource and referral agencies, and an examination of child care consumer education provided in the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program. This report presents the results of these inquiries. Chapter I identifies sources of consumer information on child care. Three public subsidy programs discussed are the Family Support Act, Child Care and Development Block Grant, and the Title IV-A At-Risk Child Care Program. Chapter II considers parents as child care consumers, examining the ways parents search for child care, the kinds of child care families use and the kinds they really want, and the child care characteristics that satisfy parents. In chapter III, the same issues are examined with respect to low-income parents. In addition, constraints facing low-income child care users, including transportation problems, time constraints, lack of money and expertise, and problems related to cultural differences, are discussed. Finally, chapter IV focuses on the provision of child care consumer education, identifying essential program features, points in time when consumer education should be provided, delivery methods, and information provided to JOBS participants. The JOBS child care consumer education report is appended. (AC)

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Table of Contents Child Care Choices Consumer Education
Parents as Child Care Consumers
Lowincome Parents as Child Care Consumers

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