ERIC Number: ED305963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Child Care: When We Care for Children. Issue Series Number 2.
Mehnert, Barbara H., Ed.
As the number of working women with young children continues to grow, the demand for affordable, high quality child care increases as well. Existing licensed centers and family day care programs can only accommodate 2.5 million children, while 10.5 million children under the age of 6 have working mothers. The quality of child care programs has a definite and lasting effect on children's academic and social development, and the most important ingredients of that care are affection and respect in the interaction between the child and the child care provider. Many segments of society will need to work together to create a comprehensive system of quality care. Currently, an increasing number of companies are establishing work and family policies such as parental leave and more flexible time policies. Many assist their employees in paying for child care through flexible spending accounts, while others have initiated on-site child care centers. The Federal Government provides $6 billion in child care assistance and has recently introduced nearly 100 bills (including the Act for Better Child Care) which focus on or include some provisions for child care. State and local governments are also capable of making important contributions by assisting low-income parents and supporting quality centers. Ultimately, all who have a stake in quality child care must become involved. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges.
Note: Paper prepared in conjunction with a teleconference entitled, "When We Care for Children" (March 1989) and presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (69th, Washington, DC, March 29-April 1, 1989).