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ERIC Number: ED336176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
School-Age Child Care in America: Findings of a 1988 Study. Action Research Paper #3.
Fink, Dale Borman
This study attempted to determine the number of school-age child-care programs operating in the United States and to assess the quality of the programs. The first issue was addressed through a survey of state child care licensing agencies and departments of education; the second, through a survey of child care providers. The first survey determined that: (1) few states could give definite numbers on licensed centers; (2) caregiver-child ratios for 6-year-olds ranged from 1:10 to 1:26; (3) more than half the states had adapted or were adapting child care regulations to take into account the needs of school-age children; (4) most states exempted school-run programs from licensing; and (5) twenty-five education departments were able to estimate the enrollment capacities of programs run by the public schools in their states. The second survey determined that: (1) programs had been running for an average of 7 years; (2) the caregiver-child ratio averaged 1:12.5; (3) the average fee for after-school care was $26.52 per child per week; (4) the hourly wage of teachers averaged $6.95 per hour; (5) formal certification for teachers was required by 82 percent of public school programs; and (6) public schools were the most frequently used facility for school-age child care. (BC)
School-Age Child Care Project, Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($6.00, plus $3.00 postage and handling. Discount on orders of 20 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.