ERIC Number: ED336176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
School-Age Child Care in America: Findings of a 1988 Study. Action Research Paper #3.
Fink, Dale Borman
This study attempted to determine the number of school-age child-care programs operating in the United States and to assess the quality of the programs. The first issue was addressed through a survey of state child care licensing agencies and departments of education; the second, through a survey of child care providers. The first survey determined that: (1) few states could give definite numbers on licensed centers; (2) caregiver-child ratios for 6-year-olds ranged from 1:10 to 1:26; (3) more than half the states had adapted or were adapting child care regulations to take into account the needs of school-age children; (4) most states exempted school-run programs from licensing; and (5) twenty-five education departments were able to estimate the enrollment capacities of programs run by the public schools in their states. The second survey determined that: (1) programs had been running for an average of 7 years; (2) the caregiver-child ratio averaged 1:12.5; (3) the average fee for after-school care was $26.52 per child per week; (4) the hourly wage of teachers averaged $6.95 per hour; (5) formal certification for teachers was required by 82 percent of public school programs; and (6) public schools were the most frequently used facility for school-age child care. (BC)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Child Caregivers, Day Care Centers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Enrollment, National Surveys, Program Costs, Public Schools, School Age Day Care, State Departments of Education, Tables (Data), Teacher Student Ratio
School-Age Child Care Project, Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($6.00, plus $3.00 postage and handling. Discount on orders of 20 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.
Identifiers: Day Care Licensing; State Regulation
Note: For complete design and analysis of the provider survey summarized in this paper, see ED 320 671.