A Profile of Child Care Settings: Home-Based Programs,
The Profile of Child Care Settings Study was conducted for the U.S. Department of Education with the primary objective of determining the levels and characteristics of early education and care that are available in the United States. Telephone interviews were conducted with nationally representative samples of regulated home-based family day care providers and center-based early education and care programs between October, 1989 and February, 1990 using computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) methods. The final samples included 583 regulated home-based family day care providers and 2,089 center-based programs (available separately). This data set focuses on the survey of 583 home-based programs. The survey of home-based family care programs collected extensive data on a number of topics including care provided, children's activities, costs and income, help with child care, health and safety, and caregiver characteristics. There are 633 variables in all, seven of which provide demographic information about the counties where the home-based programs are located. The 583 cases on file represent an 87.1% completion rate among sampled programs eligible for the study.