Affordable Daycare for Low-Income Working Families
Strayer University Memphis, TN
Instructor: Dr. Lisa Joerg
Research and Communication- BUS 531
July 07, 2008
Context of the Problem
Three out of four children spend at least part of their day with a substitute caregiver, and Southern Mississippi needs to do more to ensure that care is high-quality and affordable. (Todd, C. and Ashton, A., March 2001). It’s not easy for an individual to live comfortably on less than eight dollars an hour. For parents working in low-wage jobs, trying to arrange reliable day care for their children can add another layer of anxiety to an already precarious existence. As ...view middle of the document...
( Peisner-Feinberg, et al 1999). Families making between $20,000 and $45,000 devote about one-quarter of their income to day care costs.
Many working poor families spend up to half their income on housing. When you add utility bills, gas, and others to daycare costs, it doesn't leave much for anything else-- like food. I feel all children should have the opportunity for a quality preschool program, not just those who can afford it, and not just those at the poverty level, and that's kind of your working poor -- because we have children, we have over-income families that can't get in ... That is working poor to me. They are struggling, and a lot of times, those are the families that really miss out."
Statement of the Problem
Finding affordable daycare or daycare providers who will cater to the needs of low-income families is more than just a problem it’s more like a heart attack or like burying a love one. Many studies have shown that it’s impossible for these families to afford daycare on minimum wage, when facilities such as KinderCare, LaPetite, and TutorTime are charging double what the income would allow. Parents use daycare as a safe haven a place where they can assure that their children are being cared for properly while they are out trying to make a comfortable and honest living.
1. It is important to understand what is meant by “affordable” child-care?
2. What might children be getting in daycare centers that they might not be getting in other settings?
3. Should parents consider sending their kids even if they can’t afford to stay home with them?
4. What are some available funds or grants to fund or open a center to fit the needs of these families?
5. What are some types of childcare settings low income working poor families use?
Significance of the Study
Daycare is becoming an increasing necessity among the low-income working class, especially with the steady rise in single parent homes. The structure in U.S. homes a generation ago, allowed for mothers to stay home while fathers worked, or mothers chose day jobs that would allow them to be home by the time the kids arrived from school. But with the dramatic increase in single parent homes, along with the passing of Clinton’s bill that only offered assistance if parents worked, daycare has become imperative. Adding to the dilemma, is the fact that the income is essential for survival and job benefits are a must have in today's society. and with 21st century economics being in their present state, even two parent homes cannot afford to have a stay at home parent. This has caused the childcare industry to flourish with both centers and home daycares. To make a long story short, and with all factors considered, not working is not an option and daycare is a must. For example the researcher is one of these parents who have to look for affordable daycare for my two year old son. I am forced every week to beg my parents to watch my son at least...