ERIC Number: ED360086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Transportation for School-Age Child Care: Current Status in Westchester County.
Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc., White Plains, NY.
Based on countywide interviews with transportation and child care personnel in Westchester County, New York, this report describes current practices, legislation, and issues related to the transportation of elementary school children to and from child care providers. Following a brief introduction, the report discusses various regulated and nonregulated child care options in the county and summarizes the provisions of the 1990 state transportation bill that made child care transportation optional for each district. The report goes on to review current practices in the 40 county school districts, indicating that, as of November, 1990: (1) 46% of the districts transported students to both regulated and nonregulated arrangements districtwide; (2) 12.5% transported children to both types of arrangements within school attendance zones, but only to state regulated programs districtwide; (3) 7.5% were developing transportation policies; (4) 20% had transportation systems in place for schools, but did not transport children to child care programs; and (5) 12.5% had no transportation at the elementary school level. Issues influencing district policies, including transportation costs, the size and density of the district, existing practices of busing children districtwide or via neighborhoods, and the availability of child care programs are discussed next. Finally, the report presents recommendations to establish consistent policies, enact minimum participation requirements, extend time limits, and reduce district mileage limits. District maps are included. (BCY)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Board of Education Policy, Child Caregivers, Community Surveys, Economic Impact, Educational Legislation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Program Costs, School Age Day Care, School District Autonomy, State Legislation, Student Transportation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc., White Plains, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York