ERIC Number: ED273307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Santa Monica College Child Care Task Force Report.
Feiger, Helen Tina; And Others
In 1983, Santa Monica College (SMC) created a task force to assess the college's need for child care services and to devise possible service models for consideration. Subcommittees were formed to address student and staff child care needs; ways of funding child care services; criteria for possible child care facilities and sites which met these criteria; and policies regarding such issues as limits of responsibility, evaluation of services, fees, and eligibility. The task force found: (1) there was a significant need for child care services among students and staff; (2) although child care services on some community college campuses have become self-supporting, setting up a center at SMC would require a commitment from the district of start-up costs and a percentage of operational costs, which were estimated at $100,000 to $150,000; (3) the facility would need to be close to campus and to conform to licensing regulations; and (4) policy decisions need to be made concerning the philosophy of the center, general operating procedures, ratio of staff members' children to students' children, staffing, parent involvement, and operating expenses. Based on study findings, four options were identified for SMC: providing information and referral to existing services, providing an infant/toddler care center, providing a pre-school center, or providing a combination of services. Addenda include information on needs assessment methodology and findings, the survey instrument, anecdotal reports, descriptions of possible service models, analyses of two facilities, a report on a survey of other California colleges, discussions of funding possibilities, SMC's policy statement regarding child care services in 1977-78, and miscellaneous suggestions. (EJV)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Child Development Centers, Community Colleges, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Feasibility Studies, Financial Support, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Program Development, School Personnel, School Policy, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Santa Monica Coll., CA.