ERIC Number: ED367494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Kansas Child Care System. A Report Prepared for the Kansas State Legislature and the Corporation for Change.
Stoney, Louise; Zeller, Dennis
This report describes each of the child care funding streams administered by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), the policies and procedures that guide the administration of these funds, and the new KsCares child care automation system that will soon be implemented. These policies, procedures, and systems are then analyzed to determine the extent to which they support "seamless" services; that is, a child care delivery system that offers continuous child care assistance as families move from public assistance to self-sufficiency. In reviewing the Kansas subsidy system from the perspective of seamless funding, the report explores the mechanism used to pay for child care subsidies; the rules, regulations, and procedures that govern each of these funding streams; and the administrative structure and fiscal management structures. The report also assesses the extent to which families who participate in the SRS subsidy system are able to choose from a range of child care options and select care that they feel is most appropriate for their family. The report makes 33 recommendations for: (1) ensuring consistency in rules, regulations, and procedures; (2) streamlining administrative procedures; (3) creating an automated seamless system; (4) expanding supply and demand data; (5) strengthening parent choice and child care supply; (6) expanding training and staff development; and (7) improving coordination with other funding streams. (TJQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Child Care Costs; Kansas; Seamless Funding; Subsidized Child Care Services