ERIC Number: ED350081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Change in State Policy Decisionmaking on Quality Infant/Toddler Child Care and Head Start Services: Study on a Technical Assistance Forum.
Griffin, Abbey; Fiene, Richard
In June 1991, the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs invited 320 state policymakers, leaders of national and state advocacy organizations, and practitioners to a technical assistance forum on "Finding and Funding Quality Child Care and Head Start Services for Infants and Toddlers." The forum focused on essential practices in high quality care, public and private funding, and quality assurance; and five key concepts: "family-centered services," the "whole baby" approach, "comprehensive services," the "medical home," and "quality early childhood services." A pre- and post-test study assessed the effectiveness of the forum in empowering participants with expert knowledge and implementation strategies that could be used in their states. Responses from a random sample of 58 participants indicated that the participants left the forum with a stronger commitment to: (1) identifying and changing conflicting regulations, eligibility standards, and funding mechanisms for the states' child care systems; (2) strengthening interagency/cross-system planning and the sharing of resources among health, early intervention, and other social services; (3) blending funds to improve the quality of the child care system; (4) disseminating information to parents about available child care and indicators of quality; (5) implementing a system to disseminate health and safety information and train child care providers; and (6) implementing interagency planning among state administrators to ensure that all infants/toddlers in child care are immunized, have health supervision, and are cared for by trained adults. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Arlington, VA.