Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Subhash Sonnad

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Van Valey

Third Advisor

Dr. David Hartmann

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Many parents struggle to secure adequate child care while they work and/or attend school. With the passage of welfare reform legislation, which in part requires AFDC parents to enter/reenter the workforce, locating child care options will likely become increasingly more difficult.

This study describes child care needs of one community based on a survey of parents at thirteen different sites. The research measured the discrepancy between existing child care resources and child care demand within the community.

Analysis of the data revealed that the ways in which parents provide care for their children differed considerably in Niles from the most recent national child care assessment. This study is a potential first initiative by a community toward developing child care offerings that meet the many diverse needs of people in the community.

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Sociology Commons