ERIC Number: ED110178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Day Care Licensing and Regulation: A Program Evaluation.
Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission, Springfield.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of the State licensing and monitoring program to safeguard children and to determine whether licensing and monitoring were being uniformly applied throughout Illinois. In order to address these questions, information was collected from three sources: (1) interviews with representatives of the State agencies involved in the regulation of day care facilities and with the State employees who license day care homes and centers, (2) surveys of day care operators, day care workers, and parents of children in day care, and (3) special studies designed to check on the uniformity of application of standards and the actual compliance with standards. The findings generally indicate that the quality of licensing, monitoring, and enforcement functions all appear to be limited to some extent by insufficient personnel and heavy workloads. Four types of recommendations are offered: (1) those intended to ensure uniform application of day care standards, (2) those which would enable day care consumers to play a larger role in day care regulation, (3) those designed to achieve more effective use of personnel, and (4) those which would improve the general effectiveness of monitoring and enforcement. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission, Springfield.