ERIC Number: ED355025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care: States Face Difficulties Enforcing Standards and Promoting Quality. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
This report discusses efforts to ensure and promote quality child care through enforcement of state standards and other activities. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 authorized the dispersing of funds to states for child care services through the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These funds are used for such regulatory activities as screening applicants for licensure as child care providers, on-site monitoring, and imposing sanctions. Other methods used by states to ensure safety in child care settings include educating parents, training providers, establishing complaint hotlines, and requiring liability insurance. The report details the insufficiency of authorized funds for improving quality in child care, and offers recommendations concerning ways HHS can improve safety in child care settings. Appendixes include a description of the scope and methodology of the study that produced this report, tables and graphs that present data on child care licensing and enforcement activities, comments from HHS, and a list of major contributors to the report. (PM)
Descriptors: Certification, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Family Day Care, National Surveys, Sanctions, Standards, State Federal Aid
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first copy, free; additional copies, $2 each; make check or money order out to Superintendent of Documents).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants