ERIC Number: ED188740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
What Sort of Care Will the Government Buy? A Policy Analysis of the Federal Interagency Day Care Requirements.
Smith, Jason B.; Johnson, Kay A.
Changes in the Federal Interagency Day Care Requirements (FIDCR) have produced a federal policy that increases cost and favors delivery through private non-profit day care centers. Requirements and implications of new rules based on the Title XX amendment to the Social Security Act (effective 10/1/80 and applicable to all programs in the DHEW, except Project Head Start) indicate that (1) the state agency is solely responsible for rate setting, fund disbursement, licensing, monitoring, enforcement and review in addition to being heavily implicated in technical assistance, provision of information, health, safety and training; (2) day care is a focus for public health and particularly health education and promotion activities; (3) the rules are specific about what services are to be provided by whom; (4) day care jobs are being taken over by professionals and bureaucrats; (5) parent participation in policy making has been deemphasized while parents are to be provided greater access to classrooms, program information and other community services, (6) health, medical, social service, educational and recreational industries may benefit from the new rules, (7) child/staff ratios have been relaxed while staff training requirements have become more stringent, and (8) due process concerned with coordination and compliance dominate the government's interest and have influenced the nature of many changes in the FIDCR. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Federal Interagency Day Care Requirements; Rules and Regulations; Social Security Act Title XX