ERIC Number: ED382336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Moving beyond a Cycle of Crisis: The Inner-City Child Care Marketplace.
Greenman, Jim; Johnson, Nancy
The need for early education and care for the inner city population is growing to meet parents' needs for safe, affordable care, and to provide inner city children with the services they need. The Inner City Directions Project was funded to assess the viability of inner city programs in severe financial difficulty and to analyze the overall health of the inner city child care market. The report consists of 11 chapters: (1) an executive summary; (2) an introduction; (3) a description of the current inner city child care crisis; (4) the response to the crisis; (5) the inner city child care marketplace and organizations which play a major role; (6) demand issues impacting inner city education and care; (7) supply issues impacting inner city education and care; (8) the organizational and financial health of inner city child care centers; (9) emergency funding recommendations to the McKnight Foundation; (10) the impact of public policies and practices on inner city child care programs; and (11) recommendations. Project assessments found that: (1) many programs lack the organizational and financial management systems to maximize possible resources; (2) reimbursement rates based on an average market do not reflect the actual costs of providing a basic education and care service for inner city families; (3) selected Hennepin County policies and procedures have the effect of making care for subsidized families more costly than for fee paying clients; and (4) the special programming required to serve special needs children is more expensive and not adequately or equitably reimbursed through the current county special needs grants. Five appendices include a proposal for special reimbursement rates for centers serving at-risk inner city children; the survey and assessment tools used in the study; and summaries of the results of the organizational health assessments and the financial health assessments. The survey instrument is appended. (DR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
Authoring Institution: Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association, MN.
Identifiers: Reimbursement Programs; Subsidized Child Care Services