ERIC Number: ED396852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Thriving Children, Striving Families: A Blueprint for Streamlined Delivery of Child Day Care Collaboration Plan.
Bassler, Elissa J.; And Others
Upcoming federal and state changes in welfare and social services will have a profound effect on the delivery of early childhood care and education in Illinois. In October, 1995, the Day Care Action Council of Illinois convened a meeting of early childhood experts and advocates. From this retreat, a vision for a new system of the delivery of child care emerged. This report is a consensus policy initiative proposing fundamental changes to the currently inadequate and complex delivery of child care to low-income families, through the complete elimination of categorical eligibilities teamed with a deep commitment to quality care. The principles of the proposed system fall into the following categories: (1) "access to care"; (2) "access to care/system quality," emphasizing that families should pay sliding fees for child care based on income and family size; (3) "system quality," calling for a rate system that would provide incentives to improve quality; (4) "system quality/system capacity"; and (5) "system capacity," proposing that the child care system be integrated with other early childhood educational and school-age systems with a unified one-stop referral and payment plan. The descriptions for each category of principles include a summary, explanation, and a review of implementation issues. (BGC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Day Care Action Council of Illinois, Chicago.
Identifiers: Access to Services; Child Care Costs; Day Care Action Council IL; Illinois; Service Delivery Assessment