ERIC Number: ED361924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
National Policy on Children and Families. Policy Paper.
Coughlin, Pamela; Perry, Deborah
Years of categorical funding have led to fragmented service delivery systems related to children and families. States have had to devise mechanisms to coordinate the variety of funding streams which finance the array of children's programs. Creation of a single focal point for children's policy at the national level is recommended. Attempts to consolidate oversight and administration of programs related to children have resulted in the creation of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), but some children's programs are administered outside of ACF. In addition, an array of Congressional committees has oversight over children's programs. There is no system in place to coordinate program policy or research funding. State efforts to overcome the lack of coordination include Maryland's Children's Cabinet and Indiana's Step Ahead Panel. The mission of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC), which was formally established to coordinate federal programs and policies for children with disabilities, could be modified to consider policies and programs related to all children and families. Membership of the FICC could be expanded to include the business community and private foundations, and the expanded FICC could report to a newly created Office for Children in the White House. The FICC could be charged with drafting a National Policy for Children. Broadening the focus of the FICC would provide an opportunity for children and families to benefit from true interagency collaboration at the federal level for all child and family services. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Georgetown Univ. Child Development Center, Washington, DC.
Note: A product of the Center for Child Health and Mental Health Policy.