Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 12-4-2020


This study examined mothers ’reports on types of childcare arrangement for a preschool-age child, levels of mothers’, fathers’, and relatives’ involvement in childcare at home, maternal satisfaction with childcare arrangement, the influence of socioeconomic status and social support on mothers ’satisfaction with childcare arrangement, and the nature of mothers ’affection, responsiveness, encouragement, and teaching behaviors during mother-child play sessions. The sample consisted of 130 New Mexico mothers from two-parent families with a preschool child. A subsample of four mothers was selected for collecting data on mother-child play interactions through a 10-minute observation session. Analyses suggested that mothers were the primary caregivers for their preschool children at home and they were satisfied with their child’s paid childcare arrangement. Practical reasons, opportunities for social interactions, and the quality of care were the most important factors for selecting a childcare arrangement. The community support variable was linked to mothers’ satisfaction with childcare arrangement.


childcare arrangment, preschool children, mothers' satisfaction, involvement in childcare at home, community support

Document Type




Degree Name

Family Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Committee Member (Chair)

Ziarat Hossain

Second Committee Member

David Atencio

Third Committee Member

Frank Kessel

Fourth Committee Member

David Witherington

Alessa Dissertation 11.1.pdf (2542 kB)