ERIC Number: ED263985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep-25
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Day-Care Regulation: Serving Children or Bureaucrats? Cato Institute Policy Analysis No. 59.
Lehrman, Karen; Pace, Jana
If the supply of day care is ever to keep pace with the rapidly rising demand, it is essential that there be a favorable climate for its growth. At present there is not, and the regulatory obstacle course laid out by state and local officials is in large part why. State barriers to the provision of day care involve licensing and registration and staff/child ratios, whereas local barriers to the expansion of family day care concern zoning regulations and building, fire, and health regulations. Local barriers to the expansion of day care centers also exist. Regulations to prevent child abuse in day care settings may deter dedicated and caring individuals from entering the day care market. The deregulation of child care can begin with registration and parental supervision, the dismantling of local regulatory barriers, and the implementation of private sector alternatives to state oversight. Without the false sense of security provided by government standards, parents would take more responsibility for the well-being of their children. Moreover, through unregulated competition, day care facilities and services can supply parents with something even more fundamental - freedom of choice. (RH)
Descriptors: Certification, Child Abuse, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Health, Local Government, Parent Responsibility, Policy Formation, Safety, State Programs, State Standards
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Cato Inst., Washington, DC.