Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Department name when degree awarded

Home Economics and Consumer Education

Committee Chair(s)

Carol A. Bocan


Carol A. Bocan


The purposes of this study were to: 1) examine and contrast hospital administrator attitudes and manufacturing company president (or manager) attitudes in relation to the possibility of having more Utah employers establish organized day care facilities on sites of employment, and 2) determine which factors of employee composition and available facilities and services affect employer attitudes towards day care involvement.

Information from the questionnaire developed for the study was statistically analyzed by the Pearson r correlation coefficient and one-way analysis of variance. Many factors proved to be statistically significant.

Overall, it was found that hospitals were more interested in day care involvement for their employees; children than were manufacturing companies. Large agencies with many female professional, supervisory, and skilled employees tended to be most interested in employer-sponsored day care. The existing presence of facilities and services that could be used for a day care center helped increase employer willingness to become involved in sponsoring day care for their employees' children.

In general, employers were not sure that employer-sponsored day care would result in significant benefits either to their agency or to the parents. However, the interest of employers in day care involvement increased as they perceived greater employer and parental benefits as a result.

It is recommended that benefits from employer-sponsored day care be further documented for use in educating employers. Further, it is recommended that the attitudes of school district superintendents and other employers with large numbers of female professional employees be analyzed in relation to employer-sponsored day care.



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