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Teacher Education and Professional Development

2004

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Early childhood education

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Parenting And Child Care In Rural Environments , Delora Jespersen Hade Jan 2004

Parenting And Child Care In Rural Environments , Delora Jespersen Hade

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to identify parental beliefs, attitudes and values, parental perceptions of ideal child care, and decisions parents make about child care as described by rural, low-income parents in central Iowa. Data were gathered using information from three focus group interviews involving ten Early Head Start families. Parents were asked to describe their parenting beliefs and identify ideal child care and how they make decisions about child care. Focus group transcriptions were used to complete content analysis. The results were fitted to an ecological model describing levels and themes of influence these rural, low-income parents experienced ...