ERIC Number: ED292543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care for State Employees: A 50-State Survey.
State Legislative Report, v13 n4 Feb 1988
To respond to the need for information about states' provision of child care services to state employees, the National Conference of State Legislatures conducted a 50-state survey on the status of state employee child care. The survey's purpose was to quantify state efforts to increase the affordability, availability, accessibility, and quality of child care for parents employed by the state. This paper provides background information about employer-supported child care, reports the results of the survey, and provides a list of contacts in the states. It was found that half of the states provided some type of child care support for state employees. Many programs of limited scope were tests of the feasibility and effectiveness of larger programs. State legislatures in a number of states without such programs are currently considering the provision of them. The trend in state legislatures is toward a coordinated approach to family, children, and work. States recognize that efforts to improve accessibility affect the affordability of child care, and efforts to improve the affordability of child care affect its quality. High quality, subsidized on- and near-site centers have been the most common way to approach all three issues simultaneously. Because of the high costs and commitment required by such programs, employers have begun to implement alternative, cost effective approaches. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.