ERIC Number: ED317297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-28
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
Sale, June Solnit
This description of family day care (FDC) in the past, present, and future draws on personal experiences and a literature review. The discussion of FDC of the past centers on the rarity and general negativity of literature on FDC before 1970; early restrictions on FDC; the process of learning how to provide appropriate educational experiences for FDC providers; and attempts at statewide organization of FDC providers. Description of today's FDC reflects accomplishments in professional recognition, licensing and regulation, support services for providers, the emergence of FDC as a small business, and increased research on FDC. It is argued that FDC is at a crossroads. Middle class and affluent parents, as well as politicians and employers, use it. Quality of care is probably the biggest issue facing FDC. High quality is more likely to be achieved by self-motivation augmented by appropriate support services than by a carrot and stick approach. As for the future of FDC, the scenario of a presidential candidate who was formerly an FDC provider is considered. It is proposed that day care center directors recruit trained personnel from FDC organizations and FDC providers establish their own insurance company. Problematic trends include increased group size at FDC homes and the increasingly adversarial distance between FDC providers and parents that will arise as providers become professionals. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Save the Children Family Day Care Conference (April 28, 1988).