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ERIC Number: ED201396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 57
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Reference Count: 0
Child Care in Sweden: A Comparative Perspective.
Jaffe, Kenneth
This paper describes child care delivery in Sweden, compares aspects of the American and Swedish systems of child care, and identifies what each country can learn from the other. Focusing mainly on the Swedish system, the first section addresses such topics as (1) the role of the State and local districts in program planning and administration, (2) problems of five year plans, (3) types of child care offered, (4) distribution of costs, (5) expenditures for sites, facilities and equipment, (6) programs for caregiver training and staffing, and (7) the historical development of Swedish child care. Subsequent sections delineate differences between American and Swedish systems in the areas of public attitudes toward and awareness of child care programs, parent participation, and the ability of citizens to influence the political system with regard to child care issues. Advantages of the American approach to providing child care are pointed out. Next, innovations in Swedish child care, such as parent insurance, services to immigrant children, school/community integration programs, sibling projects, and 24-hour child care programs are described. In conclusion, aspects of the Swedish system that might be applied to improve the American child care system are indicated. Information related to the topics of this paper is depicted in four appended charts and graphs. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Sweden; United States