Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 457–466 | Cite as

Child care quality and affordability: Are they compatible?

  • Glenn Olsen
  • Mary S. Link


Mothers have traditionally been the primary caregivers of children under school age in the United States. Increasing numbers of parents are seeking part-time or full-time alternatives for assistance with parenting and child care outside of the home. The variety of types of child care arrangements has greatly increased in the past 50 years. This paper addresses quality child care, child care options and cost. Despite the increase in child care provided outside the home, parents often have difficulty distinguishing quality care from less than quality care. Two prime considerations are quality and affordability. This paper addresses the need for a comprehensive spectrum of policies and child care programs for families in various cultural, economic, and social environments.

Key words

affordable child care child care options quality child care 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn Olsen
    • 1
  • Mary S. Link
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Early Childhood, Center for Teaching and LearningUniversity of North DakotaUniversity Station, Grand Forks
  2. 2.Department of Family and Consumer SciencesMiami UniversityOxford
  3. 3.Family and Child Studies CenterMiami UniversityOxford

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