ERIC Number: ED361093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care and Education: The Critical Connection. Action Plan [and] Policy Statement.
Child Care Action Campaign, New York, NY.
This document presents the action plan of the Child Care Action Campaign (CCAC) for improving the quantity and quality of child care services. The document also provides a policy statement on linking education and child care efforts. The action plan describes CCAC's vision of a streamlined system providing child care to infants and toddlers, preschool children, and school-aged children, and calls on the business community to provide funding and organizational assistance. It is recommended that individuals interested in child care must: (1) make quality care affordable; (2) ensure that centers are safe and healthful, and provide family-centered experiences; (3) help families make informed choices about care programs; (4) extend the school day to reflect changing family realities; (5) designate or create community agencies to coordinate child care; (6) ensure collaboration between schools and care providers; (7) encourage the development of a system of training; (8) develop leave and flexible work policies for parents; and (9) encourage investment in child care and school-based facilities. The policy statement describes the role of child care in achieving the nation's school readiness goal, fostering child development, helping parents balance work and family responsibilities, and encouraging welfare reform. The policy statement also discusses key elements of an effective child care system, including universal access, quality, variety. community and parent involvement, continuous service from birth to school years, and training for providers. Information on CCAC's history and current projects is appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Action Campaign, New York, NY.