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A STUDY OF CURRENT PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH INADEQUATE CHILDCARE FOR PARENTS WHO WORK NONTRADITIONAL HOURS

PROPOSAL FOR MSA 685 PROJECT

Submitted by
Larone R. Daniels

December 06, 2004

Instructor
Dr. Diana Otto

ABSTRACT

The number of parents entering the workforce continues to grow. However, the amount of available, affordable, and quality childcare facilities in the United States remains inadequate. Employees using inadequate childcare are more likely to be late for work, absent, or distracted on the job. High rates of turnover, absenteeism, and low productivity cost employers money. This researcher proposes to formulate a study designed to analyze the problems associated with inadequate childcare and parents who work nonstandard hours. This researcher proposes to analyze current childcare practices and document successful and alternative childcare strategies. TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT……………………………………………………………………….……………..ii I. DEFINITION OF THE PROBLEM/ISSUE………………………………………………………1 A. Introduction………………………………………………………………………………..1 B. The Statement of the Problem……………………………………………………………..2 C. The Statement of the Subproblem……………………………………………………….2 D. The Hypotheses…………………………………………………………………………….3 E. TheDelimitations………………………………………………………………………….3 F. Assumptions………………………………………………………………………………..4 G. The Definition of Terms………………………………………………………………….4 H. The Importance of this Study………………………………………………………………5 I. Summary…………………………………………………………………………………6 II. THE LITERATURE REVIEW…………………………………………………………….7 A. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………...7 B. Identification of Data Relevant to Research……………………………………...8 C. Correlation of Data Relevant to Research………………………………………...10 D. Summary…………………………………………………………………………….10 III. METHODOLOGY………………………………………………………………………..11 A. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………..11 B. Method…………………………………………………………………………………..11 C. Design…………………………………………………………………………………….11 D. Assumptions……………………………………………………………………………..12 E. Data Collection…………………………………………………….……………………12 F. Criteria of Admissibility……………………………………………………………….12 G. Limitations………………………………………………………………………………..13 H. Summary……………………………………………………………………………….13 IV. QUALIFICATIONS OF THE RESEARCHER………………………………………..14 V. ORGANIZATION OF THE RESEARCH…………………………………………….15 A. Definition of the Problem/Issue………………………………………………………….15 B. Literature Review………………………………………………………………………..15 C. Methodology……………………………………………………………………………..15 D. Data Analysis…………………………………………………………………………….15 E. Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations………………………………….15 END PAGES……………………………………………………………………………………16 REFERENCES…………………………………………………………………………………17 APPENDIX A………………………………………………………………………………….18 APPENDIX B………………………………………………………………………………….19

CHAPTER I

Introduction

Today’s workforce is vast. It is also highly competitive and incredibly diverse. Over the past 3 decades, millions of parents with children entered the American labor force, changing family life in fundamental ways (Cattan, 1991), Childcare is more important than ever to today’s economy and today’s workers. With more families relying on two incomes and more single-parent families, an increasing number of families rely on childcare for some part of their children’s day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1997, 29.1 million U.S. families, or 41 percent, had children under the age of 14. In more than half of these families, either both parents worked (14.6 million) or the family was headed by a single working woman (4.7 million). More than 60 percent of mothers of children under age 6 are in the workforce (U.S. Department of Labor, 1998). As First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said at the October 23, 1997 White House Conference on Child Care, and as millions of Americans know from personal experience, the difficulties parents have with child care arrangements can have a direct effect on their performance at work....
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