Early Care and Education Survey
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Delaware Valley Association for the Eduation of Young Children

Please take 10 minutes to answer our survey.

 

 

 
Required 1.

Please enter the information indicated below.


First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
emailaddress@xyz.com
Postal Code:

Required 2.

What year were you born?

 

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3.

Did you vote in the last presidential election in 2010 between Barack Obama and John McCain?

 

I intended to, but I was too busy
I wasn't registered to vote
I didn't vote
I voted
4.

How many children total do you have or for whom you are the guardian or primary caretaker?

(If none, skip to question 19.)

 

 

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5.

How many of those children are under 8 years of age?

 

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6.

Do any of your children currently attend childcare, daycare or nursery school, or have they in the past?

Yes
No
7.

What daycare, nursery school, or early childcare facilities have you used for your children?


Please provide up to four responses.

 

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8.

How familiar are you with early childcare education issues generally?


Would you say that you are....

Extremely familiar
Somewhat familiar
A little familiar
Not at all familiar
9.

To what extent are you familiar with the following issues regarding early child development?

 Very Aware Somewhat Aware Not Very Aware Not at All Aware  
A crucial stage in child brain development happens between the ages of birth to 5 years of age.  
Children whose brain "pathways" are less developed through educational stimulation by the age of 5 are less able to achieve gains in brain development as they age, compared to children whose pathways are developed through educational stimulation.  
Statistically, children who receive educational stimulation through early care and education are less likely to be placed in special needs classes by third grade, versus children who were not exposed to educational stimulation in early ages.  
10.

How much research were you able to do before enrolling your child in a nursery school, daycare, or early educational program?

A lot
A moderate amount
Some
None
11.

Which kind of information do you wish you had in selecting a childcare facility?


(Select your top three criteria.)


Quality Standards Information that rates the performance of various facilities.
Quality Standards Information that showed highly-rated Early Childhood Education (ECE) facilities near to my home.
Personal references from other parents whose children attended the program/facility.
Evidence of inspections that the center is safe and well run.
Knowledge about the educational training and background of ECE staff
Other  
12.

How did you decide which daycare or early childhood education facilities to use?


(Select your top three criteria.)


Cost
Location
Quality
Size
Affiliation with another group with which I'm involved
Religious affiliation
Parent/friend recommendations
Special education features related to my child's learning needs
Educational background and certification of the staff working in the center
Other (please specify)
13.

What websites did you use when making your decision about selecting a childcare facility?


(Please list the two most important sources that apply. Include specific web names, like parentsconnect.com or metrokids.com. If none, leave blank.)

 

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14.

What blogs did you use when making your decision about selecting a childcare facility?


(Please list the two most important sources that apply. Include specific blog names, like "Our Children Ourselves". If none, leave blank.)

 

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15.

What magazines did you use when making your decision about selecting a childcare facility?


(Please list the two most important sources that apply. Include specific magazine names, like Young Children. If none, leave blank.)

 

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16.

What books did you use when making your decision about selecting a childcare facility?


(Please list the two most important sources that apply. Include specific book names, like Dr. Spock's Baby and Childcare. If none, leave blank.)

 

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17.

What TV shows did you use when making your decision about selecting a childcare facility?


(Please list the two most important sources that apply. Include specific TV show names, like The Nanny. If none, leave blank.)

 

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18.

How often do you use the following web sources to get information about parenting or education for your children?


(Please list in the comments section specific websites by name.)

 Several times per day One per day A few times per week A few times per month A few times per year 
Facebook
Twitter
Blogs
Newspaper websites
Websites
Other sources
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19.

How much total time do you spend using these online sources (for information not related to parenting)?

 Several times per day Once per day A few times per week A few times per month A few times per year 
Facebook
Twitter
Blogs
Newspaper websites
20.

What specific, local groups are you involved with that help you deal with parenting, early childcare, or early childhood educational issues.


For example, a mom support group, your school district's PTA, etc. Please list up to 3 groups.

 

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Required 21.

What early care and education issues are most important to you?


(Please select two.)


State funding to help create more high quality programs
Confirmation of educational quality as certified by the state
Lowering the cost of childcare
Ensuring that childcare professionals are fairly paid
Ensuring that childcare facilities are clean and safe
Ensuring that ALL children have the opportunity to attend a quality early childcare program
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Required 22.

For each of the following, indicate whether it makes you more or less likely to support early childhood education programs.

 Much more likely Somewhat more likely Neither more or less likely Somewhat less likely Much less likely 
High quality early childhood education programs can reduce high school drop-out rates
High quality early childhood education is linked to lower rates of teen pregnancy
High quality early childhood education reduces incarceration rates by 50 percent.
More than 80 percent of the child care programs serving pre-K children are providing little more than babysitting and lack qualified teaching staff.
Currently, more than 15,000 low-income Pennsylvania families are on the waiting list to receive financial assistance for child care.
According to leading economists, investments in high quality early education programs have the highest rate of return of any social investment.
According to the Federal Reserve Bank, for every dollar Pennsylvania spends on early childhood education, society reaps a return of up to 17 dollars through reduction in criminal activity, remedial education, and public assistance costs.
Children from low-income communities are placed in special education at the rate of 18%. Quality early childhood education programs cause the rate to drop to less than 3%.