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Neighborhood context and center-based child care use: Does immigrant status matter?

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Shuey, Elizabeth; Leventhal, Tama;
Date Issued: Q3 2018
Description: This study examined associations between individual families' use of center-based child care and neighborhood structure (concentrated poverty and concentrated affluence, as measured with Census data), processes, and resources (child-centered collective efficacy, presence of friends/kin, and availability of services for children, as measured in a survey of neighborhood residents). The potential moderating role of family immigrant status also was investigated. Data were obtained from the 3-year-old cohort of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (N = 999; 42% immigrant). Multilevel models accounting for background factors at the individual level revealed that greater neighborhood concentrated affluence was associated with families' higher likelihood of using center-based child care, whereas greater neighborhood child-centered collective efficacy was associated with their lower likelihood of using this type of care. In addition, among immigrant families only, as the size of neighborhood friends/kin networks increased, the likelihood of participating in center-based child care programs was higher. Findings are discussed in terms of the potential for improving immigrant families' access to center-based child care by reducing neighborhood structural barriers and fostering neighborhood networks. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): Foundation for Child Development ; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Journal Title: Early Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume Number: 44
Issue Number:
Page Range: 124-135
Note: This resource is also based on data from the Community Survey of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN).
Topics: Parents & Families > Selection Of Child Care & Early Education Arrangements

Parents & Families > Parent/Family Characteristics > Immigrant & Migrant Status
Country: United States
States: ILLINOIS
ISSN: 1873-7706 Online
0885-2006 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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