Presentation Title

Access to Quality Childcare

Start Date

April 2021

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Leadership and Organizational Studies

Faculty Mentor

Joyce Gibson, PhD

Keywords

access, quality, rural vs. urban, child care

Abstract

Equal access to quality child care is not a reality for all families. Oftentimes the high cost of care prevents those from disadvantaged backgrounds from having the option of quality. This study will explore barriers to quality child care access in rural Maine. In addition, the researcher will attempt to define quality child care from the perspectives of families who are accessing childcare as well as providers who are serving those families. There are almost 1800 licensed child care programs in Maine that vary in size, location, setting, and quality. It is important that all families have equal access to quality care that will support their families’ needs in addition to positive child development and growth. This study will be an explanatory sequential mixed methods design, using an initial survey of approximately 50 childcare providers and 50 families with children living in rural areas of Maine. The surveys will be followed by interviews with approximately 5 providers and 5 families who completed the survey process and volunteered to participate in the interview portion. Interviews will be conducted either via zoom or phone by the researcher. The research questions will attempt to explore more thoroughly information that was gathered through surveys. The researcher expects the results to indicate a lack of access to quality care in rural Maine. If this is the case, it is anticipated that the study will provide more clarification about barriers to access for families and barriers to quality improvement for providers.

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Access to Quality Childcare

Equal access to quality child care is not a reality for all families. Oftentimes the high cost of care prevents those from disadvantaged backgrounds from having the option of quality. This study will explore barriers to quality child care access in rural Maine. In addition, the researcher will attempt to define quality child care from the perspectives of families who are accessing childcare as well as providers who are serving those families. There are almost 1800 licensed child care programs in Maine that vary in size, location, setting, and quality. It is important that all families have equal access to quality care that will support their families’ needs in addition to positive child development and growth. This study will be an explanatory sequential mixed methods design, using an initial survey of approximately 50 childcare providers and 50 families with children living in rural areas of Maine. The surveys will be followed by interviews with approximately 5 providers and 5 families who completed the survey process and volunteered to participate in the interview portion. Interviews will be conducted either via zoom or phone by the researcher. The research questions will attempt to explore more thoroughly information that was gathered through surveys. The researcher expects the results to indicate a lack of access to quality care in rural Maine. If this is the case, it is anticipated that the study will provide more clarification about barriers to access for families and barriers to quality improvement for providers.

 

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