Trinity College Community Child Care Center (TC4) has served children, ages six weeks – 5 years, and their families since 1985. Their mission is to “serve the children and families of the surrounding Hartford community and the Trinity College community by providing high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment that celebrates the diversity…” TC4’s goal is to serve a diverse group of families, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or disabilities. TC4 is interested in recruiting more higher-income families to ensure they can continue to meet the needs of the Center as it servers various populations. To support TC4 in meeting this goal, I undertook two steps: First, I analyzed anonymized enrollment records from the Center to determine what types of families (SES, Trinity or community membership, other demographic factors) TC4 has served/subsidized with scholarships over time. Second, I interviewed eight families from higher SES backgrounds to determine what qualities are most important to them when they are looking for child care. I found that enrollment of low-income families at TC4 has been relatively stable over the last 10 years and that there is significant racial/ethnic diversity among enrolled children. I also found that higher socioeconomic families prioritize location, NAEYC accreditation, and cost, but may assume that TC4 only enrolls families affiliated with Trinity.
Washington, Renita, "What do Higher Socioeconomic Families Value in Child Care Centers?" (2019). Community Learning Research Fellows. 12.