ERIC Number: ED071746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
The Birth and Growth of the Tompkins County Day Care and Child Development Council Inc.
Trisdorfer, Alice; And Others
This paper is the first in a series on family day care produced as part of a project to design and test an informal continuing education program with family day care mothers. The initial impetus for discussion of day care problems in Tompkins County, New York, grew out of the concern of professionals from counseling agencies. Investigation and discussions revealed that there was no central agency that could provide information about day care. Finally, a Gathering Place was established to help implement the concept of centralized support services. It served several purposes. It provided a central place for at-cost sales of arts, crafts and snack supplies to cooperative nursery schools, day care centers, play schools and family day care mothers. A major goal of the Day Care Service is to develop a comprehensive network of good day care services for children of working parents. The service has moved a long way. Twenty-five percent of the children in Tompkins County are in organized day care facilities as opposed to ten percent in the nation. It is being called on to share its ideas and accomplishments with many other areas of the state. The approaches used by the Day Care Service to involve the day care mothers and to develop their self-image were as follows: to involve them in the planning for training programs and workshops at the Gathering Place and to encourage and work with them in developing an autonomous organization that provides an opportunity for day care mothers to share common problems. (CK)
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Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; New York State Education Dept., Albany. Office of Occupational and Continuing Education.; State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Agriculture at Cornell Univ.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Coll. of Human Ecology at Cornell Univ.