ERIC Number: ED351116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Cost Sharing Plan: Solutions for the Child Care Crisis.
Delaware Valley Child Care Council, Philadelphia, PA.
This booklet discusses the current child care crisis and suggests a solution to the crisis. The gap between the cost of child care and parents' ability to pay is restricting the expansion and availability of child care services and undercutting the quality of child care. The average cost of full-day child care in the Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, area is $4,900 per child per year, while the average family income is $20,000 per year. Given that a reasonable portion of family income for child care expenses is 10 percent, a gap of $1,000 to $4,000 between what most parents can afford and what quality child care costs exists. A cost sharing plan would close this gap by expecting parents, the private sector, and the public sector to contribute to the expenses of child care. This cost sharing plan is needed because affordable, quality child care can: (1) expand the labor pool by enabling more mothers to work outside the home; (2) improve business productivity by decreasing absenteeism and improving employee morale; (3) contribute to families' financial self-sufficiency; and (4) serve as an investment in a future skilled labor pool, by instilling in children the motivation and skills needed for future school and job success. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Delaware Valley Child Care Council, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Cost Sharing; Pennsylvania