This SRP was part of a broader study of a broader project on childcare policy and children’s peer interaction and culture in the United States and Italy. This part of the study, focused on the United States, had two components: (1) a telephone interview of a random sample of mothers, assessing childcare and education needs and facilities in the Bloomington-Indianapolis area; and (2) ethnographic observation in two preschools in the area.
The first phase of this project (August 1988 through June 1989) documented the history of childcare policy in Italy, analyzed interview data from a sample of Italian mothers regarding their perceptions of the policies and quality of life of their children, and explored how the policies affected the daily lives of a sample of Italian children. The second phase involved a parallel investigation in the Bloomington-Indianapolis area to document how childcare policy and early education experience affect children’s peer interaction and culture.
This study was conducted with support from the staff at the Center for Survey Research at Indiana University and used the Center's centralized telephone interviewing facility located on the Bloomington campus.