ERIC Number: ED340494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-28
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care Currents: A Briefing Paper for Constructing Care Roundtable.
Child Care Action Campaign, New York, NY.
This paper presents an overview of the current status of child care in the United States. It provides a framework for discussing strategies to expand the supply of child care, improve its quality, and make it accessible to all families. Child care is defined, and factors that influence the quality of care are listed. The demand for child care is examined in terms of the changing nature of the American family and the entry of women into the labor force. The demand is met by various types of child care, such as family and center care, or care by relatives. The costs of child care to parents and to providers are discussed. Three chief sources of additional funding for child care programs are listed. The federal government provides assistance through the Social Service Block Grant, Head Start programs, the Child Care Food Program, the Dependent Care Tax Credit, and the Family Support Act. State governments also provide aid to child care; perform the functions of regulation and establishment of child care infrastructures; and encourage child care support through nonbudgetary means. Private employers support child care by offering their employees a host of child care benefits. A 28-item bibliography is provided. (BC)
Descriptors: Day Care, Elementary Education, Employed Parents, Employer Supported Day Care, Family Characteristics, Federal Aid, Mothers, Preschool Education, Program Costs, State Aid
Child Care Action Campaign, 330 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Action Campaign, New York, NY.