REPORT: Parents and Child Care in Indiana

REPORT: Parents and Child Care in Indiana

The Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral (IACCRR) published a report of parent responses, Parents and Child Care in Indiana (2010), about locating and selecting child care after accessing the services of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R).  The following was found:

Parents want a safe environment for their children and want caregivers who are experienced and trained to care for and educate their children. Parents also want information about what to look for in quality child care and they use information directly in how they search for and select care.

Child Care Resource and Referral services are valuable to families:

  • 92% responded that the local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency helped them make a more informed choice
  • 85% responded that they knew more about what to look for after receiving information from the CCR&R

Parents take action based on information provided:

•       92% intend to or have asked about caregiver training and education related to caring for children

•       80% intend to or have contacted other parents for references

•       88% intend to or have checked child to adult ratios

Families face challenges when locating child care:

•       Cost of Child Care

•       Availability of Child Care

•       Quality of Child Care

(These are responses from parents who were unable to locate child care within three weeks of contacting the CCR&R identified subsequent barriers to finding high quality child care)

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies do a good job serving families:

•       80% of clients received between 3 and 15 child care referrals

•       95% responded that their needs were understood by the CCR&R

•       96% responded that CCR&R staff were knowledgeable

•       95% rate service as outstanding

For the full report, visit: http://www.iaccrr.org/ParentsAndChildCareinIndiana_Final_2010.pdf