Parents' use of online child care licensing reports as part of child care decisions in the state of Georgia
Mitchell, Christina Hanson
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This study examined parents’ awareness and use of three types of child care reports through the lens of ecological systems theory. Participants included 122 parents with children ages 0 to 6 years, from 23 counties in Georgia. The study was a quantitative, cross-sectional, online survey that included univariate and bivariate data analysis. Analyses revealed that only half of parents were aware of the reports, and a large majority of parents did not know how to access them. After learning about the reports while taking the survey, the majority of parents reported that the online reports were an important part of child care decisions, and over 90% of parents reported they would use the online reports for future child care decisions. More parent outreach is needed to help parents understand what online child reports are and how to access them.