ERIC Number: ED307959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Respite Child Care in California: Alternatives for At-Risk Families. A Report from the California Children's Council.
Weinstein, Vivian; Siegel, Patty
Respite child care is a form of short-term care provided in a family day care home or a child care center for the purpose of helping families that are experiencing stress. At an average cost of $300 to $400 per month, respite care is cost effective. Since 1983, California's child care resource and referral agencies have administered a small respite child care program with funds provided through the State Department of Education, Child Development Division. Children and families are referred by child protection workers, medical personnel, social workers, teachers, and other professionals. Resource and referral agencies in local communities make referrals to child care providers in the area. As funds permit, agencies work closely with the referring person or program to find the care that best meets the families' needs. Each year since 1983, local resource and referral agencies have reported that their respite funds are expended by mid-year. To stretch funds for 12 months, counselors allocate assistance to only the most desperate families; thus countless families in dismal circumstances are not served. It is concluded that the need for increased respite funding is urgent. The Children's Roundtable Project of the California Children's Council is briefly described and roundtable participants are listed. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Children's Council, Northridge.
Identifiers - Location: California