ERIC Number: ED252308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Families and Child Care: Improving the Options. A Report by the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session, with Additional Views.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
The culmination of a year-long bipartisan national initiative on child care policy, this committee report makes specific policy recommendations for the federal government based on hearings held in 3 cities and receiving the testimony of 160 witnesses from 22 states. An introduction summarizes demographic trends and present policies regarding child care, and gives examples of child care initiatives. Recommendations for Congress include revising current income tax credits and exemptions; improving current training and licensing requirements for child care providers; improving leave and personnel policies of private employers; restoring funds to child care services; developing incentives for private employers to expand child care options; and encouraging the use of public schools for preschool and school-age day care. The major part of the report details the committee's findings. Part one describes the need for child care for infants, preschool children, school-age children, and children with special needs. Part two describes the current child care effort of the private sector and of local, state, and federal governments. Part three considers important issues in protecting children in out-of-home care, such as caregiver training and certification, disease prevention, child abuse, and parental involvement. Part four includes six appendices giving statistics on child care and listing organizations that helped the committee, 1983-84 hearings and facility site visits, hearing witnesses, and references. Additional views of some committee members are also included. (CB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Child Abuse, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Demography, Employed Women, Employer Supported Day Care, Employment Practices, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Hearings, Infants, Information Services, Nursery Schools, One Parent Family, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Public Schools, School Age Day Care, State Government, Tax Credits, Tax Deductions, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.