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ERIC Number: ED212357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Day Care and Federal Funding: Current Problems and Possible Solutions.
Dail, Paula W.
The current policy of consolidating funding for all Title XX programs into block grants presents problems for day care users who increasingly must begin to explore alternatives to federally funded day care services. The block grants are problematic because they (1) are undesignated and can be used as the state wills, (2) have no matching fund requirements, (3) release states from certain planning, auditing and reporting requirements, and (4) raise the possibility that each state receiving block grants could completely cut federal money for day care services. In addition, reduction in funding levels need not be distributed equally across programs offered by the states. Since the need for day care services is continuing to increase while federal funds decrease, alternate approaches to federally supported day care become much more viable. Public school facilities can be increasingly utilized, the number of "for profit" day care systems can be further increased, and non-profit, entrepreneurial forms of day care can be further developed. Families with several children may band together to form small, non-profit corporations for providing care, and corporations may offer on-site day care, hire day care from established centers, or provide a day care voucher system. Given current and anticipated funding conditions, national day care organizations must assume increased responsibility for effectively arguing the case for continued federal support for day care. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A