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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Home Economics

First Advisor

Gail Dobbs Tidemann


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of school-age child care in meeting the child care needs of the parents. The parents in this study had children enrolled in one of ten school-age child care programs funded by the Cooperative Extension Service (CES). These projects were located in; Hartford, Connecticut; Athens, Georgia; Aledo, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Durham, New Hampshire; Oriskany, New York; Goldsboro, North Carolina; Mount Vernon, Ohio; and Flandreau, South Dakota and were implemented in 1991 with Youth-at-Risk grants from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The objective of this study was to evaluate the parental satisfaction of the school-age child care program. This study examined the parental satisfaction based on the following items: a. The developmental and educational environment of the program. b. The program's physical environment in relationship to location, health and safety conditions. c. Changes in work availability, attendance, and/or performance of the parent(s) since the child has been enrolled in the program. d. Parents' feelings about themselves as a parent in relation to their child care arrangement.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

School-age child care
Parents -- Attitudes




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