ERIC Number: ED317695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Addressing the Supply Problem: The Family Day Care Approach. Background Paper No. 28.
Friedman, Dana E.
While analysts debate the shortage of child care, the efforts of several major corporations, including I.B.M. Corporation, Bank of America, and Mervyn's Department Stores, are spending millions of dollars trying to recruit and train new child care providers. Nearly half of all children in child care are in family day care homes. Millions of dollars have been put into communities around the country to stimulate the supply of child care. Resource and referral (R&R) centers have had considerable success in coordinating efforts. Although day care centers serve more children and tend to last longer, family day care homes can be established at a significantly lower cost. Employers involved in R&R services find that family day care recruitment can increase the success and value of the referral effort and ultimately satisfy a larger number of employees. Recommendations include increasing the number of sponsored or coordinated family day care homes; streamlining reporting requirements; and addressing affordability and supply at the same time. (The paper includes 6 data tables and 27 references.) (CML)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC. Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In "Investing in People: A Strategy to Address America's Workforce Crisis" (CE 054 080).