ERIC Number: ED293663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care: A Workforce Issue. Report of the Secretary's Task Force.
Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
The Secretary of Labor's 1988 Task Force on Child Care offers its general findings in this report. The report states that the Federal government is already addressing the child care issue on a large scale. State and local governments are dynamic in their response to the child care challenge and will probably respond even more aggressively in the future. Employers have a direct interest in addressing their employees' child care problems and many have realized the economic benefits that result from attention to the issue. However, many others remain unaware of the impact of dealing with the child care problems of their employees. Child care requirements of parents and families vary substantially. Therefore, child care policy cannot be addressed in an aggregate fashion. Significant child care problems have been created by real pressures, but there is not an across-the-board availability crisis of national proportions. Five chapters of this report, on workforce trends, groups needing child care, availability, affordability, and quality, examine the scope and nature of the problems of child care in terms generally used in the public discussion. Four chapters provide data on what is being done and by whom in support of parents' needs for child care, and focus on federal funding, state and local initiatives, employer supported day care, and child care and labor-management relations. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.