Understanding Parents' Child Care Decision-Making: A Foundation for Child Care Policy Making (OPRE Research-to-Policy, Research-to-Practice Brief)

Author: Roberta Weber

Using a graphic representation of the decision-making process, this paper provides insights into the forces that shape parents' child care and early education decisions. The goal of this brief is to help policy makers by graphically depicting the complexity of child care decision-making revealed through research.

Published: February, 2011

Improving Child Care: Providing Comparative Information on Child Care Facilities to Parents and the Community (Child Care Policy Research Issue Brief)

Author(s): Roberta Weber, Jerri Wolfe
This is a concept paper for a pilot project in which a local organization or collaboration involving state and local organizations would launch a community effort to improve quality of care in the child care market through collection and dissemination of factual information related to quality of care in individual child care facilities. The term “facility” is used throughout this paper and refers to an individual child care center or family child care home. The paper is addressed to state child care administrators, child care resource and referral agencies, and other child care partners who are ideally positioned to pilot a quality indicator information project.
Published: Summer, 2003

We Can’t Get There Without Them: Addressing the Barriers to Parent Participation in Building America’s Child Care System (Research Report)

Author(s): Roberta Weber, Jerri Wolfe
This report seeks to draw attention to the critical importance of involving parents in child care decisions at the policy level, describes barriers to their participation, and lists resources for those individuals and organizations responsible for bringing people to “the table”.
Published: Summer, 2002

Airlines, Flight Attendants, and Dependent Care (Research Report)

Author(s): Alyce Desrosiers, Arthur Emlen
For the benefit of employers who open their door ‘around the clock’ the purpose of this study was to examine a sample of employees with some unusual work schedules to provide objective information about employee morale, absenteeism, sources of stress, and other workplace consequences and their relationship to employee responsibility for dependent care. With this information employers could gain insight into the interplay that policies and programs can have with a work force. Findings
Published: January, 1997