ERIC Number: ED368501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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The Impact of Public Policy on Urban Child Care in MN.
Bell, Constance C.
Changing public policies have had a negative impact on urban child care in Minnesota over the last 25 years. A recent study of inner city child care programs found that: (1) many programs were in a continual state of financial crisis because of fluctuations in demand; (2) government reimbursement rates to centers based on average market rates did not reflect the actual cost of providing quality care; and (3) many of the programs studied lacked the organizational and financial management systems needed to maximize possible resources. The Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association (GMDCA) has been working in collaboration with county, city, and school district authorities to enhance the quality of urban child care programs. The GMDCA has begun to tie grant to quality and fiscal assessments. The city, county, and state governments, along with the local business community, have become more aware of the relationship between quality preschool programs and school readiness. GMDCA has also undertaken to solicit additional funding from county and school district authorities to help urban child care programs improve quality and reduce waiting lists for subsidized child care. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Policy Symposium of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (6th, Washington, DC, February 24-26, 1994).