ERIC Number: ED336172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Facts about Child Care. NCJW Center for the Child Fact Sheet Number 3.
National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.
Some may believe that most married women do not really need to work; that nonmaternal care is bad for children; that the government is already spending a lot on child care; that the so-called child care crisis is not society's problem, but the parents' problem; and that interventions by the federal government will solve the child care problem. They are mistaken. Economic necessity goads most married women who work. The quality of care children receive is more important than who provides that care. The only source of direct child care assistance to parents from the federal government is funds distributed to states through the Title XX Social Services Block Grant, which has been severely cut over the past 8 years. The child care problems of working parents are also the problems of society, because the long-term social costs of inadequate care for the next generation will have negative consequences for all. While the federal government can provide much needed leadership and some financial support, solutions to the child care problem will only be found through coordinated public-private initiatives at the local level that are responsive to the community's needs. (RH)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Employed Parents, State Federal Aid
National Council of Jewish Women, Center for the Child, 53 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.
Identifiers: Fact Sheets