ERIC Number: ED248028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-14
Reference Count: 0
Child Care in the Year 2000.
This paper envisions child care problems in the year 2000 and explores their relationship to policies of today. The population entering parenting age in the year 2000 will bear the scars of the inadequate child care policies of the 1980's. New poor and black parents--many of them born to adolescent mothers in the early 1980's--will have been affected by the lack of supportive child care policies, and particularly by results of the 1981 budget cuts. Many of these poor parents, as children, will have had extremely different preschool experiences as compared to the 53 percent of children from middle- and upper-income families who were enrolled in preschool in 1984. Many new parents will have grown up in single parent families headed by their mothers. Their mothers were among those least likely to be beneficiaries of private sector child provisions. By 2000 there will be a 15.6 percent increase in the number of children under 6 years of age, increasing numbers of whom will live in poverty. Certainly, by the year 2000 the use of informal child care arrangements should decline. The decrease in family size will result in families which can better afford formal care in homes or centers. But, increasing numbers of dependent elderly adults will be competing with young children for resources. Issues involving the future of child care services are difficult and will require complex negotiating and painful trade-offs. But the picture is not entirely bleak. Now is a time of tremendous potential for building a child care system that will ensure a positive early education experience for all children. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Fatherhood Forum, Chicago, IL, June 16, 1984.