ERIC Number: ED342507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May-22
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Child Care--An Investment for the Future. A Special Report of the Montgomery County Commission on Child Care.
Montgomery County Commission on Child Care, Rockville, MD.
Recommendations for action based on survey data, review and analysis of the literature, and personal experience are presented in this report from the Montgomery County (Maryland) Commission on Child Care. The report notes the community's concerns regarding the need for high quality early childhood programs and cites the linkages between wages, benefits, and turnover and the quality of care. Data from a county survey (with a 52% response rate) show that in 1990, the average child care worker earned about $15,000 annually and that the annual turnover rate for child care center staff was 34 percent. About 75 percent of senior staff had paid vacation and sick days. Only 7 percent had fully paid health insurance, while 67 percent had partially paid health insurance. Fewer than 25 percent had paid pension plans. The report recommends: (1) reimbursement rates that accurately reflect the cost of care paid by families in the county and advocacy for state-funded subsidy programs; (2) the development by a county office or agency of a consumer education program to stimulate parents to become involved in attaining high quality child care; (3) expansion of county activities that disseminate information to employers and bring employers together in joint efforts to address mutual child care concerns; and (4) the provision of materials for providers to use to educate parents about the importance of high quality care. Contains 8 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Employed Parents, Fringe Benefits, Income, Information Dissemination, Labor Turnover, Local Government, Mothers, Needs Assessment, Outreach Programs, Public Agencies, Salaries, Surveys, Young Children
Children's Resource Center, 332 West Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Commission on Child Care, Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland