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Resource well-being among family child care business owners

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Mimura, Yoko; Cai, Yi; Tonyan, Holli A.; Koonce, Joan;
Date Issued: September, 2019
Description: Family child care, a paid child care service operated out of a care provider's home, is a common child care choice for working parents. While studies show positive associations between providers' income and care quality, little is known about their resource management and perceived resource well-being. Using surveys and interviews, this study explored the association between household income and overall perceived resource well-being among seven family child care providers in the Los Angeles, California area. The surveys offered providers' demographic information and characteristics about their child care businesses. The analysis of the interview data identified four resource well-being themes regarding perceptions about: past and present economic situations, demands on time, contributions providers' family members make to support the business functions, and quality and availability of community resources. The findings suggest household income predicts little about how providers perceive their overall resource well-being. Understanding income as only a part of resource management may better elucidate links between income and child care quality. Discussions include implications for financial counselors and planners. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Journal Title: Journal of Family and Economic Issues
Volume Number: 40
Issue Number: 3
Page Range: 408-422
Topics: Child Care & Early Education Providers/Organizations > Provider Type/Setting > Family Child Care & Early Education
Country: United States
ISSN: 1573-3475 Online
1058-0476 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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