ERIC Number: ED301275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
The Bottom Line: Quality/Consumer-Oriented Child Care.
Jackson, Cheryl D.
Arguing that the provision of child care services is consistent with the role of the community college, this paper provides an overview of the current demand for and delivery of child care services and briefly discusses ways in which community colleges can assist in the development and provision of consumer-oriented, high-quality child care. First, statistics are cited to underscore the growing need for child care among the poor, single-parent families, teenage mothers, and working women; the trend toward employer-provided child care; and the lack of training requirements for child care providers. The next sections consider the advantages and disadvantages of the following forms of child care: (1) childcare in one's own home; (2) family daycare; (3) group home care; (4) daycare centers; (5) proprietary centers; (6) franchise/commercial centers; (7) industry-sponsored centers; (8) cooperatives; and (9) public/government-run centers. After briefly reviewing trends in child care in other countries, the paper explains the concept of consumer-oriented, quality child care, which ensures that children are safe and well-nourished, that they have adequate space and learning materials, and that staff are trained in child development and teaching. Finally, the community college's roles as advocate/change agent, liaison, technical expert, and provider of services are discussed. Recommendations for colleges planning to offer child care are provided. (AJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Atlantic Community Coll., Mays Landing, NJ.