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The Expectations of Day-Care Parents

Ellen Handler
Social Service Review
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Jun., 1973), pp. 266-277
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30020854
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Abstract

Interviews with one hundred parents of children currently enrolled in day- care centers showed that the majority expected a "warehousing" service to free parents for work and/or study. Only a "less satisfied" minority expected a service geared to meet the needs of children, with emphasis on education and stimulation. The minority viewpoint is more consistent with that of professional child welfare workers. Comparing expectations of parents with corresponding teachers showed that parents perceived high consensus with teachers although actual consensus was not high. This finding was interpreted in terms of teacher-parent interaction patterns. Data showed that interactions were frequent but superficial and did not foster meaningful participation by parents in agency decisions. Implica- tions of the study were related to the dilemma of the professional worker who may be forced to choose between two equally valued objectives: promoting client control and providing the best possible service to meet the needs of children.

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