ERIC Number: ED251174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Vendor/Voucher Systems: A Parent Selected Child Care Subsidy Program That Works.
Freis, Ruth; Miller, Miriam
This paper describes the advantages of the vendor/voucher child care delivery system model developed by the consulting firm of Freis and Miller and Associates. An overview of the current situation discusses (1) the increasing demand for child care; (2) the cost-effectiveness of public child care assistance programs that enable low income families to work; (3) the need for regulation to establish minimum standards for child care; and (4) the need for policy changes to support non-center-based child care. In the vendor/voucher or purchase of service system, funds from the state of California are made available through subcontracts with private or public agencies. Families receive funds based on income and need for service and choose the form of child care (public or private center or family care) that best meets their needs. Quality indicators for a vendor/voucher system include regulation of care providers, sufficient stable funding, maximum parental choice in selecting child care, and efforts to increase the quality of care. This model allows employers or other organizations to contribute funds in order to expand services. It is suggested that the model is a logical one for communities that wish to develop new child care systems or expand old ones. (CB)
Descriptors: Certification, Cost Effectiveness, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Educational Vouchers, Employed Parents, Family Day Care, Family Programs, Financial Support, Low Income Groups, Public Policy, Quality Control, School Age Day Care, State Programs
Freis and Miller and Associates, 1520 Catalina Court, Livermore, CA 94550 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise Conference on Child Care in the United States: Toward a National Consensus (Washington, DC, October 28, 1984). Document contains light type.