ERIC Number: ED325154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Components of Quality Community College Child Care Programs.
Campion, William J.; Kyle, Marybeth
Community colleges are uniquely positioned and well suited to assist in meeting the increasing demand for child care programs. Although a number of colleges have been reluctant to institute these programs due to the problems of liability, operating expenses, and allegations of child abuse, there are a number of advantages to having on-campus child care programs. Child care programs can serve as laboratories for day care training, child development, psychology, and early childhood/elementary education programs, and as prototypes for community child care centers. They can also enhance community relations, increase the enrollment of parents, and, if well run, turn tidy profits by charging competitive fees on a sliding scale. After a college decides to offer child care services, important decisions need to be made about staffing, training, licensure, and employment of work study students and community volunteers. The components of a successful on-campus child care program include: (1) quality care; (2) infant sensory programs, including a daily sensory stimulation and physical exercise schedule for each child; (3) programs for school-age children, including stimulating free-time activities, quiet study areas, and summer day camps; and (4) specialized programs for exceptional children. In addition to serving as a laboratory for Early Childhood Education and certification programs, the campus child care center can also be the nucleus for a variety of continuing education activities for the community. (JMC)
Descriptors: Child Development Centers, College Role, Community Colleges, Continuing Education, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Latchkey Children, Personnel Selection, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Program Development, School Age Day Care, School Community Relationship, Special Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Central Florida Community Coll., Ocala.