Researchers examined the forces that shape parents' child care and early education decisions. The complex decision-making process is shaped by the characteristics of the family and the community in which they reside.
Multiple programs and policies will be needed to reduce the barriers and constraints low-income parents face as they make child care decisions. Child care subsidies cannot provide access if options do not exist in the parent's community, nor will increased information help if the available options do not provide high-quality education and care.
Report Title: Understanding Parents Child Care Decision Making: A Foundation for Child Care Policy Making http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_technical/reports/parents_childcare.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Susan Jekielek, 202-401-7260
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9769 (Report completed February 15, 2011)