ERIC Number: ED311100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
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Children in a Fiscally Distressed Environment: The Case of Michigan [Chapter Six].
This analysis is the sixth of a series of seven reports on the ways that the urban fiscal crisis has affected children. Michigan's depressed economy, retrenchment of public finances, and attendant effects on local government have changed both the process of providing services to early adolescents and the nature of the services themselves. Despite significant efforts at budget reform, the decline of the automobile industry, and reductions in Federal support to State and local government seriously eroded Michigan's ability to maintain children's and social services. Most directly affected were several traditionally vulnerable groups, including children, welfare recipients, minorities, female headed households, and the "new poor." After school day care programs had never been a high budget priority and were among the first to be eliminated during retrenchment. Demand for all kinds of public services has been rising from welfare recipients, single parent households, and the working poor since high State unemployment levels have prohibited any possibility of their finding additional income from work. Many families have been forced to find alternative solutions, including moving in with relatives, day care by older siblings, and latch-key arrangements. Interviews with program directors and coordinators revealed a limited range of strategies for service delivery involving the use of school personnel and facilities. A chart illustrating state budget adjustments and 12 tables of statistical data are included. A list of informants and their institutional affiliations is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan