ERIC Number: ED092247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
A Cost Analysis of Day Care in Denmark.
Wagner, Marsden G.
A cost analysis of day care in Denmark was initiated to determine what day care services cost, who pays for them, and how these costs relate to the quality of day care services. Some of the findings are: (1) group day care is considerably more expensive for children 0-3 years of age than for children 3-7 years of age; (2) group day care centers under municipal management are more expensive than group day care centers under private, nonprofit management; (3) staff salaries amount to 70 percent of total operating costs; and (4) family day care is significantly cheaper than group day care in Denmark. Implications of these findings for day care in the United States are suggested. As quality day care is expensive, a cost sharing plan (based on the Danish model) is proposed. In this plan, the national government, the local government, and the family of the day care child share costs. Quality control is linked to the government subsidy; the government collects parental fees, and the caretakers are free to focus on the best possible care for the child. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Copenhagen Univ. (Denmark). Inst. of Social Medicine.
Identifiers - Location: Denmark