The Housekeeping Aide Training Project in the New York City Department of Welfare Bureau of Special Services

Annie Creola Fenton, Fordham University


The overall purpose of the Housekeeping Aide Training Program is to enhance family functioning through the improvement or homemaker skill and development of knowledge which will help with problems which arise in relation to children. The selection of trainees who are to participate in the program is made by the caseworker in the local welfare center. Reading material in the form of "Procedures" are sent to each worker explaining the programs' aims, functions, and objectives. Workers are requested to refer clients they feel will benefit from such a training program. They are also asked to make home visits prior to referral to the training group to explain the program, arouse interest, interpret some of its aims and objectives and prepare the client for attendance. Participation is voluntary and any mother receiving public assistance is eligible who does not have any pre-school age children, health or family problem which would make attendance impossible. The aim of this study is to review the various methods used in preparing the AFDC mother for attendance in the program and to determine if the method of preparation is related to subsequent attendance. In this study, we are finding out if the type of preparation and amount of information given to a potential trainee is related to subsequent enrollment and attendance. We will obtain information on recruitment from a group of mothers who participated and a group who did not. If a potential trainee is given enough information about the training program in terms of what it has to offer her as an individual, it is anticipated that interest will be aroused and participation in the program will result. To substantiate these hypotheses the writer sought answers to the following questions: 1. What type of preparation was given to the potential trainee? 2. How much and what kind of information was given to the potential trainee? 3. Is there any difference between the participants and nonparticipants in type of preparation and amount of information provided? 4. When there are similarities between amount and kind of information, can we identify what then interferes with participation?

Subject Area

Home economics education|Social work|Home economics

Recommended Citation

Fenton, Annie Creola, "The Housekeeping Aide Training Project in the New York City Department of Welfare Bureau of Special Services" (1966). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29281804.