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Child Care and Children with Special Needs: Challenges for Low Income Families, Maine, United States, 2002-2005

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Child Care and Children with Special Needs: Challenges for Low Income Families, Maine, United States, 2002-2005
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Child Care and Children with Special Needs: Challenges for Low Income Families, Maine, United States, 2002-2005
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This project was a mixed-method, multi-level study of low income families of children with special needs and the system which served them, focusing primarily on child care, employment, and balancing work and family. This approach included an analysis of existing national and state-level data sets, statewide surveys of parents and child care providers, and a field study to look at these issues at the local level in three selected communities in the state of Maine: Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, and Presque Isle. While the primary focus was on access to child care, this project also looked at the related issues of welfare reform, the impact of work force participation on having a child with special needs, and the issue of coordination of early intervention services with the child care system. The goal was to understand better the issues facing low income families with special needs children across the programs and policies affecting their employment, access to child care, and meeting the special needs of their children. In the first year of the study, qualitative research was conducted to learn directly from parents about their experiences. In the second and third years, a field study of three communities was conducted as well as statewide surveys and analysis of national data bases to supplement the data collected in the first year. This data collection is comprised of the two quantitative data files produced during the second and third years of the study which are described in more detail below. Child Care Provider Survey: The Child Care Provider Survey was a statewide survey of child care providers selected at random from the list of licensed providers in Maine given by the state licensing agency. Questions focused on the perspective of child care providers on the issues of access and inclusion that parents raised. Parent Survey: The Parent Survey was a statewide survey of parents and children aged 0-18 years with diagnosed special needs (enrolled in Maine Care - Katie Beckett and Title V eligibility groups - and Child Development Services early intervention caseloads). Questions focused on child care utilization and work experiences in relation to children with special needs. Researchers interested in information about the qualitative data should contact the <a href="http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/specialneeds/index.htm">Child Care and Children with Special Needs Project Web site</a>
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  • Ward, Helen
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor]
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Morris, Lisa A.
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Child Care and Children with Special Needs: Challenges for Low Income Families, Maine, United States, 2002-2005
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  • 2002--2005
  • 27001
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ICPSR27001.v2
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Child Care and Children with Special Needs: Challenges for Low Income Families, Maine, United States, 2002-2005
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  • 2002--2005
  • 27001
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ICPSR27001.v2
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Access restricted to subscribing institutions

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