ERIC Number: ED198930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Night-time, Out-of-Home Child Care: A Preliminary Report.
Otto, Dale E.
Although approximately 24% of children in all forms of child care in the United States receive evening or overnight care, most nighttime child care is unregulated by state licensing standards and faces a number of serious problems. For example, a survey of licensed centers and licensed day care homes offering night care in Seattle, Washington, revealed the problems facing night care providers to include small and unstable enrollments, high staff turnover, inadequately skilled staff, problems with building security and child abandonment, poor communication with parents, and little help from state licensing staff. The poor quality of night care evident from the survey raises a number of issues (related to the maintenance of decent standards in night care facilities) that should be addressed by child care providers. Because the provision of good quality care seems to be related to the success of state licensing programs, all states should develop differential licensing requirements for night care versus day care. In addition, special licensing consultants should be provided for night care providers. (Author/JA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Day Care Licensing; Night Child Care
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (San Francisco, CA, November 21-24, 1980).