ERIC Number: ED337258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May-13
Reference Count: N/A
Summary of the Public Hearings on the Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Child Development.
Two public hearings on the implementation of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant in California are summarized. Over 200 testimonies were either received by the state's Child Development Programs Advisory Committee or presented during the hearings. In spite of the diverse demographic representation, the variety of viewpoints and service needs, and the broad range of program providers represented at the hearings, there was a general commonality of concerns, complaints, desires, and suggestions regarding the future of California's child care and the role of federal funds. There were several recurring themes in comments concerning both the direct service and quality care provisions in the federal legislation. Recurrent direct service issues concerned: (1) the lead agency; (2) local planning; (3) service expansion; (4) infant care; (5) school-age care; (6) early childhood education programs; (7) children with exceptional needs; (8) abused, neglected, or at-risk children; (9) teen parents; (10) parental choice and alternative payment programs; (11) multilingual and multicultural programs; (12) geographic equity; (13) ties to quality; and (14) ties to Title IV-A funding. Recurrent issues regarding quality of care concerned staff training and development; staff salaries and benefits; maintenance of quality standards in subsidized programs; resource and referral augmentation; and parent education and training. Plans for future hearings on California's state plan are discussed. (GLR)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Block Grants, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Early Parenthood, Educational Quality, Exceptional Persons, Federal Aid, Federal State Relationship, Multicultural Education, Multilingualism, Parent Education, Program Implementation, School Age Day Care, Special Education, Staff Development, Young Children
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Child Development.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants