ERIC Number: ED341223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Planning Study on Integrated Child Care Options in Texas: A Report and Recommendations for Action.
Texas Planning Council for Development Disabilities, Austin.
This report of an 18-month planning study presents recommendations concerning the development and promotion of improved child care services for Texas children with and without disabilities. A mail survey of child care centers (588 programs surveyed) and a telephone survey of 495 family day care providers found a need for on-site training and technical assistance, funds for start-up costs, staff training workshops, and additional payment for specific children. Barriers to improvements included additional staff time required and inadequate training to care for children with disabilities. Five recommendations are presented: (1) a statewide training and technical assistance resource program for child care providers should be developed; (2) a comprehensive generic information and referral system which includes child care options should be developed; (3) access to child care should be improved by helping providers to finance start-up costs and comply with federal requirements; (4) this report should be disseminated to interested groups; and (5) planning efforts should continue on providing child care for children with severe disabilities. Individual chapters address the project background and historical perspective, project methodology, findings and conclusions, and recommendations. Appendices include term definitions, a listing of critical elements for child care policy development, and the survey instruments. (54 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Planning Council for Development Disabilities, Austin.