Challenges in Providing Non-Standard Hour Childcare in the Twin Cities
There is a well-documented, growing need for non-standard hour childcare in the seven county Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota. However, to date there is limited information about both the challenges and barriers childcare providers face in offering non-standard hour childcare services. Using the database of licensed childcare providers and centers maintained by Child Care Aware of Minnesota for the state Department of Human Services, this project surveyed 54 childcare providers in the Twin Cities about their specific challenges and barriers in providing extended hours or overnight care. Major challenges in providing non-standard hour child care shared by respondents include: 1) individual caregiver fatigue, 2) staffing difficulties, 3) structural and regulatory barriers, and 4) familial strain and adjustment. Prominent barriers to providing non-standard hour child care include: (1) personal family needs, (2) corporately owned business plans, (3) no perceived market need, (4) perceived licensure difficulties, and (4) difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff.
This report will explore the experiences of licensed in-home family childcare providers and centers in the Twin Cities with operational, structural, and individual barriers to providing non-standard hour services. After summarizing some of the major national and state findings on the growing demand for non-standard hour care, this report will present preliminary data collected as part of a market research study exploring the supply for non-standard hour care in the seven county Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota. While we were not able to include speaking directly to family clients of the providers we surveyed, our research suggests that strong evidence exists for working parents’ needs for evening and overnight care in the Twin Cities. The report will conclude by providing areas for future research.
Conducted on behalf of WomenVenture. Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Challenges in Providing Non-Standard Hour Childcare in the Twin Cities.
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