2010-2015

Principal Investigator: Nancy Marshall, Ed.D. 

Funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

workfamilieschildren_small20This project looks at two national datasets to explore the relations among child, family, employment, and program characteristics and parental choice.

workfamilieschildren_small20This project uses secondary analyses of existing data from two national datasets—the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)—to explore the relations among child, family, employment, and program characteristics and parental choice. The project examines five research questions: 1) What are the most common eco-cultural profiles of parental preferences, attitudes towards maternal employment, and beliefs about raising children; 2) Are parents in specific “ecological niches” more likely to hold these profiles? That is, do race, ethnicity, language, parent education, single-parent/two-parent family, or employment history predict membership in specific preference profiles?; 3) What is the relation between parental preference profiles and child care utilization patterns (type of care, hours of care, and quality of care used)?; 4) How do opportunities and constraints shape child care utilization patterns, given parental preferences, attitudes, and beliefs?; 5) Do the relations among parental preferences, opportunities, constraints and child care utilization vary for specific subpopulations of: [a] low-income working families at risk of needing TANF benefits; [b] language, ethnic, and racial minority families and children; and [c] families with infants and toddlers?