ERIC Number: ED175532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-22
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities for HEW to Improve the Administration of Day Care Programs.
Ahart, Gregory J.
A review of selected aspects of day care programs in Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas and New York which were funded under Title XX of the Social Security Act produced the following findings. The developmental needs of most children could be met with standards requiring less staff than those mandated by Federal Interagency Day Care Requirements (i.e., those requirements specifying standards for group sizes, staff-to-child ratios, and services to be provided). Methods used by the states to compute staff-to-child ratios were inconsistent. Family home day care was generally provided by persons with no formal training in child development. Graduated fee schedules are needed to help income-eligible families make an orderly transition from subsidized to nonsubsidized day care. Some states were not providing employment-related day care for two parent families. Recommendations for the formulation of guidelines in the areas of minimum care standards, staff-to-child ratios, minimum training requirements, and graduated fee schedules are made. This report was submitted by the General Accounting Office to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Administration, Class Size, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Eligibility, Federal Aid, Fees, Guidelines, Program Improvement, Student Teacher Ratio, Teacher Qualifications
U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, P. O. Box 1020, Washington, D.C. 20013 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Federal Interagency Day Care Requirements; Social Security Act; Social Security Act Title XX