ERIC Number: ED336170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Facts about Family Day Care Regulation. NCJW Center for the Child Fact Sheet Number 4.
National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.
Most states regulate family day care, mainly through licensing and registration. Some states offer a choice of licensing or registration, while others regulate family day care on a voluntary basis. Requirements for family day care regulation vary tremendously. Some believe that family day care providers do not stand to gain anything from regulation; that becoming regulated means that family day care providers will lose a large portion of their already substandard earnings by having to pay taxes; that government has no business regulating family day care providers; and that regulation of family day care is ineffective because few family day care providers come forward to be regulated. But these beliefs are mistaken. The fact is that for most providers, the benefits of becoming licensed or registered outweigh the costs. Most providers owe little if any tax because they can take substantial deductions. Regulatory agencies should be perceived as a necessary safeguard in the child care system rather than as policing agents. Providers can be successfully drawn into a regulatory system when it is well-designed and administered. (RH)
Descriptors: Certification, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, State Programs, State Standards
National Council of Jewish Women, Center for the Child, 53 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.