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Miami-Dade County Parents Study

This study was conducted for The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation by Prange & O’Hearn’s Insights, Inc. The study probed parents’ opinions about parenting and being a parent in Miami-Dade County. It focused on the knowledge they need, the resources available to them, their problem areas and the needs/tools they have as parents that may benefit from additional resources or community support.

The study was conducted July 13 to Sept. 30, 2000. Five cultural/ethnic groups were targeted for the study: non-Hispanic white, Hispanic Cuban, Hispanic non-Cuban, African-American and Haitian. Telephone interviewing methodology was employed for all interviewing except for the Haitian parents. Haitian interviews were conducted using face-to-face interviews due to the low incidence of Haitians among the population as a whole. Using face-to-face interviews allowed a geographical targeting strategy that focused on areas of higher Haitian concentration. All respondents were interviewed in their language of preference and interviews were conducted in English, Spanish and Creole.

To qualify for the interview, a respondent had to be a parent of a child 5 years old or younger or expecting a child within the next 9 months. A total of 2,040 interviews were completed for the study, 70 of those conducted with expectant parents. This number of interviews provides a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2% for the total sample. The final distribution of interviews across the five cultural groups approximated the proportion of each group in the Miami-Dade County population.

More than 90% of the interviews were conducted with the mother or the father of the child five years old or younger. Women were respondents in 78% of all interviews.

Organization of Report
This report is divided into nine sections:

I. Introduction/Executive Summary
II. Sample Characteristics
III. Child’s Health
IV. Behavioral/Environmental Issue
V. Need for Services/Support
VI. Home Visits
VII. Information Sources
VIII. Demographic Characteristics
IX. Expectant Parents

Executive Summary

This study probed parents’ opinions about parenting and being a parent in Miami-Dade County focused on the knowledge needed, the resources available to them, their problem areas and the needs/tools they have as parents that could benefit from additional resources or community support.

The study supports existing knowledge about parenting issues while identifying key needs specific to parents of pre-school age children in Miami-Dade County. Key learning from the study is outlined on the following pages.