ERIC Number: ED224553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Child Care in the 1980's: Exploring New Resources.
Virginia State Div. for Children, Richmond.
Because resources from the federal government will continue to diminish, and because rising costs and inflation could make quality child care services more scarce and expensive than they are at present, it is crucial to examine new alternatives for meeting child care needs in the 1980's. Dramatic changes in the structure of the American family in recent years and in the work force during the past decade have stimulated the need for more care services. Statistics available in Virginia reflect the same trends exhibited at the national level; additionally, reports and conferences held in recent years document the growing need for child care in this commonwealth. Of special concern is the need for day care services for infants, school-age children, and handicapped children, as well as the necessity for providing quality programs. Current initiatives to develop a comprehensive strategy for day care within Virginia have resulted in largely piecemeal efforts dealing with a single aspect of the situation. Comprehensive interagency cooperation is needed if future challenges are to be met. Some new alternatives and strategies that can potentially affect Virginia's day care situation include establishing a day care council, involving business and industry in providing child care, marketing child care, and extending tax credits to parents. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Div. for Children, Richmond.