Survey Results Summary
Updated December 21, 2009
PURPOSE OF SURVEY
• To assist the Child Care Planning Council (CCPC)
understand the needs of family child care in
• To include significant findings and survey results in
reports and presentations made by CCPC staff.
• Identified issues may become part of the CCPC
Legislative Platform and/or advocacy efforts.
• To provide information to others so they can apply
for funding and support improvements in family child
• Survey questions for family child care were
developed by CCPC members during their annual
September 2008 Retreat Meeting.
• CCPC staff and independent contractors made phone
calls to interview family child care providers during
the Spring of 2009.
• Answers to questions were entered into an on-line
survey tool that assisted in the analysis of responses.
• 95 completed surveys represents approximately 20%
of active providers.
Surveys Responses by Zip Code
Survey question 1
How many children would you like to care for? 918
How many children do you care for now (not your own)?
Large Family through Small Family Homes
Maximum Number of Spaces for Children (Licensed Size)
Survey questions 2, 3, 4
What language do
use with children?
Why did providers want to open a family child care home?
2 Major Reasons:
60 54 55 Interest in Children
40 Home with Own Children
30 and Needed Job
0 Survey questions 5, 6
Do other family members
help care for the children?
Survey questions 7, 8
Current Education Levels of Providers
DEGREE LEVEL Provider Assistant
Master’s degree: ECE 1 (1%) 0
Master’s degree: another field 0 0
Bachelor’s degree: ECE 2 (2%) 1 (3%)
Bachelor’s degree: another field 3 (3%) 0
Associate’s degree: ECE 16 (17%) 2 (6%)
Associate’s degree: another field 10 (11%) 6 (19%)
High school diploma or GED 36 (38%) 14 (45%)
Less than high school diploma 24 (25%) 8 (25%)
Survey question 9
Education Goals of Providers
DEGREE LEVEL Provider
Master’s degree: ECE 4 (6%)
Master’s degree: another field 0
Bachelor’s degree: ECE 14 (23%)
Bachelor’s degree: another field 2 (3%)
Associate’s degree: ECE 36 (58%)
Associate’s degree: another field 2 (3%)
High school diploma or GED 4 (6%)
Less than high school diploma 0
Survey question 10
What kind of support would
help providers achieve their educational goals?
Survey question 12
Are providers taking classes now?
Survey question 11
What other kinds of training/support would
help providers get a college degree?
Children: Beh. & Soc. Issues
Classes: Creative Activities
Health & Safety Classes
On-Site Asst: Beh & Soc Issues
Children: Special Needs
49% Classes: Running FCC Business
Info: Resources for FCC
31% Classes: Doing Taxes
21% 21% 20% Info: Resources for Children &
11% 11% On-Site Technical Coaching
Survey question 13
How do providers find out about what is
happening (classes, opportunities, etc.)?
90% Child Care R&R
60% FCC Network
50% 52% CCPC
20% AP Provider
TV or Newspapers
0% 1% 1%
Survey question 14
How do families Do providers want
learn about help in promoting
providers? their business?
20% 20% 19%
Current Families MAOF
R&R Agency Ads
GoKids Yellow Pages
Survey questions 15, 16
Are providers nationally accredited?
(Passed rigorous study and testing to offer
a high standard of quality services.)
Survey question 17
Most providers offer
services throughout the
Average 50.43 weeks per year.
Ranging 36 to 52 weeks.
Almost all providers offer
services Monday through Friday
with some offering weekend
Survey questions 18, 19
All providers offer full
day services and most
offer “wrap around”
hours for school age
flexible hours at other
times throughout the
week are not as
Survey questions 20
“wrap around” hours
for school age children.
Survey question 33
Services are widely
available for all age
groups of children
Survey question 21
Children Currently in Care
Survey questions 29, 30
Services to Children with Special Needs
• 42% of Providers have experience with special
• 44% have some type of education (training,
classes) regarding special needs children.
• 13% are currently providing services to 1 or more
children with documented special needs.
• Some providers are caring for special needs
children but have no training.
• 12% of providers would like training.
Survey question 22
How do providers get paid?
Most are paid through parent
A variety of “assistance
programs” for low income
parents also help to pay for
All providers may access the
USDA Food program, however
very few take advantage of the
Survey question 23
How much do Providers Charge?
Full Time Care - Infants Part Time Care - Infants
• Range $15 - $56 per day • Range $7 - $56 per day
• Average almost $32 per day • Average $33.50 per day
Full Time Care – Toddlers Part Time Care – Toddlers
• Range $15 - $45 per day • Range $6 - $48 per day
• Average just over $30 per day • Average $31 per day
Full Time Care – 2 ½ to 5 yrs Part Time Care – 2 ½ to 5 yrs
• Range $15 - $80 per day • Range $15 - $48 per day
• Average almost $30 per day • Average over $28 per day
Full Time Care – School Age Part Time Care – School Age
• Range $15 - $44 per day • Range $5 - $64 per day
• Average just over $27 per day • Average $25.49 per day
Survey questions 31, 32
Do providers charge extra
for “some” services?
Basic services can vary from
provider to provider and extra
charges often apply for things
It is important that providers
make it clear to parents about
Survey question 24
Transportation is a common extra service
provided by family child care homes.
Note: Interesting that 48% of providers transport children, but only 25% of providers
charge extra for the service (previous slide).
Survey question 34
include day time
meals and snacks as
a part of their
Survey question 37
• It’s not surprising that 99% of providers are in a single family home
but there are some other interesting aspects listed above.
• The average square footage dedicated to children in provider
homes is 1,136.
• 9% of providers have converted their garage space for use with
Survey questions 25 26,, 27
Most interviewed providers needed prompting in order
to understand questions on the kind of program and
operating philosophy they had.
99% did not offer a religious program.
Survey questions 35, 36, 46 NOTE: Not all providers answered all questions.
Do providers take children
No without reason 13%
No because too far 16%
No because it is not safe 6%
Survey questions 39, 40
All providers have How many hours are
outdoor space children taken outside on
connected to their a daily basis?
home and most allow
children a few hours
a day to go outside.
Survey questions 38, 41
Types of Activities Providers Offer Children
Survey question 42
Most providers know about
the toy lending library at
the Resource and Referral
Agency in Salinas (free
check out of toys to
Monterey County licensed
providers and those
Very soon the Salinas Public
Libraries will offer similar
services to all with library
cards (transitioned program
from Salinas Adult School)
Survey questions 44, 45
Survey question 43
1. There is no park nearby to take the children. The only park
nearby is unsafe.
2. Wants to participate in CARES, but she is having trouble with
her permit. She continues to take classes, but is having
trouble with her English classes.
3. Very Discouraged with the Rules that Monterey /Pacific Grove
puts on the home care providers.
4. Government wants to cut programs such as CalWORKs and
90% of her children are from the CalWORKs. If program is cut
she will loose her business. Can CCPC or CARES support
providers with this issue? Are CCPC or CARES doing anything
to assist or support providers?
5. Providing someone qualified when she needs to step out: age,
schedules, multi tasking, cooking to particular wants.
6. Economy. New pay rate scale to be enforced from
the state. Parents not paying.
7. Would like to receive trainings in English.
8. Would like to have programs that offer money for
toys and books.
9. Very comfortable with what I am doing, know the
families for long time.
10. Would like to learn more on dealing with behavioral
1. Provide a better website "resource wise" topics
concerning special needs-provider referral listing,
health alerts, anything child related and a place that
parents could go to or that providers could refer
2. Toy lending library open on weekends or evening
3. CARES is a great motivator for borderline people.
Incentives are great and helpful.
4. Evening classes or weekend classes, maybe shorter
classes at Hartnell College.
5. Would like to receive support in English tutoring and
6. Nutritional Programs; trainings on what to cook and
prepare for the children. Would like to have more
classes available on weekends.
7. Programs like CARES are wonderful and hope they
8. Would like to see more trainings available with child
9. Would like to take classes on developing imagination
& creativity with children.
For more details on report:
Child Care Planning Council
This report is posted on the web:
Consultant: Kim Stemler
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