ERIC Number: ED248958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul-27
Reference Count: 0
Family Day Care Networking Project. [Final Report].
Mississippi Governor's Office of Human Development Commission for Children and Youth, Jackson.
This report describes a project that established family day care homes in Mississippi and made use of senior citizens as day care providers. The goals of the project were to provide alternative day care arrangements for low income parents and to offer senior citizens extra income and strengthen their self-image. Advantages of home-based day care were determined to be (1) fewer transportation difficulties for low income mothers; (2) siblings remaining together; (3) more attention for each child; (4) lower costs, especially important in light of funding cutbacks; and (5) no costly regulations applying to the care of more than five children. The program was implemented at local levels by Head Start agencies, aging offices, day care projects, and other social agencies, which in part used the services of volunteers. These local sponsors assisted in recruiting, training, equipping, evaluating, and monitoring day care providers; in addition, they helped link the family day care network with existing social services. The project was successful in establishing 60 day care homes, serving 290 children. Formal evaluation of the program was not possible, but informal interviews generated information about the kinds of services needed by parents and about the program's effect on the health, self-concept, and economic status of day care providers. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Governor's Office of Human Development Commission for Children and Youth, Jackson.
Identifiers: Mississippi; Monitoring