Children of working parents -- United States, Child care -- Government policy -- United States
This monograph’s contribution to knowledge was two-fold: 1) reliable measures of the quality of childcare as perceived and assessed by the parents themselves; and 2) discovery that the quality of the care chosen by working parents depends upon the amount of flexibility they can muster from their immediate environment at work, at home, or from accommodating childcare providers. It doesn’t matter which source of flexibility works best for them. It’s the flexibility that allows optimum choice. The findings suggest that public policy should recognize the vast diversity of parental choices and the flexibility needed to improve their choices. That means improving workplace flexibility, strengthening the financial capacity of families, and protecting all of the wellsprings of flexibility for employed parents.
Emlen, Arthur C., "Solving the Childcare and Flexibility Puzzle: How Working Parents Make the Best Feasible Choices And What That Means for Public Policy" (2010). Regional Research Institute for Human Services. 40.