ERIC Number: ED360792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons Learned: Provision of Technical Assistance to States. Better Care for the Babies Project.
Pizzo, Peggy; And Others
The Better Care for the Babies (BCTB) Project was initiated in April 1989 to help states improve the quality of infant and toddler child care, especially for low-income children whose parents are in the labor force and/or making the transition from welfare to work. The BCTB Project initiated ongoing, negotiated, goal-directed technical assistance with three state interagency teams in Florida, Illinois, and Utah; conducted a national technical assistance forum; and implemented national outreach through the preparation and dissemination of policy papers. The chapters of this case study describe the background and design of the project, the policy context and assumptions, the technical assistance approach and implementation, project actions and policy improvements related to child care quality made by the BCTB states, the project as perceived by key participating state administrators themselves, lessons learned, and recommendations. The recommendations focus on federal mandates that would include incentives, offering states goal-directed technical assistance, coordination of state policies and programs, and conveyance of information to state leaders concerning the influence of child care on child development. An appendix lists 15 Better Care for the Babies policy papers and briefings issued between 1990 and 1993. (Contains approximately 65 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, At Risk Persons, Case Studies, Day Care, Infants, Low Income Groups, Outreach Programs, Preschool Education, Program Improvement, Public Policy, State Programs, Technical Assistance, Toddlers
Zero to Three, 2000 14th St., North, Suite 380, Arlington, VA 22201-2500.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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: Zero to Three/National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Illinois; Utah