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This monograph tells of an era when an increasing numbers of working mothers found day care down the street with a mother who had a child or two of her own and was glad to add one or two more during the day. Informal family day care met with respect by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon. They studied family day care and discovered ways to create “natural helping networks” in the neighborhood.


A report to the Research and Evaluation Division, Children's Bureau, Office of Child Development Dept. of H.E.W., 1972. Field study of the neighborhood family day care system; a research project of the Tri-County Community Council in cooperation with Portland State University supported by United States Children's Bureau grant R-287.

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