ERIC Number: ED346192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
More Than Babysitting: Rethinking Childcare and Preschool Policies. California Children, California Families.
DeLapp, Lynn R.
This publication offers an analysis of California families' need for childcare, and reviews policies on preschool in an effort to assist lawmakers in policy formation. The analysis discusses the history of childcare and child development programs in California with a view toward enhancing the future of young children and points the direction for immediate legislative action. Following a preface and introduction, a section on the evolution of state programs covers licensure, childcare to meet employment needs, preschool education for disadvantaged children, and assistance for all families. The next section, on current state policies, describes each of the major programs for young children including licensing, preschool education and childcare, assistance for welfare recipients, tax credits, and consumer and technical assistance. Following this, a section on policy formation principles that have guided the development of state programs points out that two of the three principles generate programs that compete for limited funds and that there is no coherent policy for childcare or agreed-upon set of priorities governing the state funds spent on young children. A final section proposes three approaches to meeting the needs of children and their parents. Included are 59 endnotes and 2 appendices containing a table displaying state childcare programs in 1988-89 and a table showing licensing versus Department of Education program requirements for childcare centers. (JB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Family Programs, Policy Formation, Preschool Education, Public Policy, State Legislation, State Licensing Boards, State Programs, Statewide Planning
Joint Publications Office, State Capitol, Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0001 ($3.25 each plus 6% California sales tax).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Legislature, Sacramento. Assembly Office of Research.
Identifiers - Location: California