Research Theme: Families
Child Care and Parental Employment
in Fragile Families
This project adds a child care
module to the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study.
Using a sample of 2,176 children from 18 cities across the
country, we included child care observations and interviews
with providers and parents when the children are 33 months
of age. We also assessed child cognitive, social and emotional
development, as well as parental practices and behaviors
during home visits at 30- and 60-months. At this time, we
are contacting teachers across all 18 cities to obtain information
regarding the children's kindergarten experiences. Our specific
aims are to:
(1) describe parental employment and child care
patterns in a diverse sample of low-income families;
assess the relative influences of employment, child care,
and family context on child well-being;
(3) augment these
models by examining possible moderating child and family
(4) see whether changes in employment, child
care, and family context predict changes in children's cognitive,
social, and emotional well-being.
Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human
Contact: Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D.
Columbia University: Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D.
Princeton University: Sara McLanahan, Ph.D.
Georgetown University: Deborah Phillips, Ph.D.
Project URL at Princeton : http://www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/about.asp
Other Current Families Projects
Completed Families Projects