ERIC Number: ED369534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care Quality: States' Difficulties Enforcing Standards Confront Welfare Reform Plans. Statement of Joseph F. Delfico, Director, Income Security Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Regulation, Business Opportunities, and Technology, Committee on Small Business, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
This statement: (1) discusses the growth in demand and supply of child care in the United States during the last 20 years; (2) defines quality child care and its importance; (3) examines what states do to protect children in care and why this has become increasingly difficult; and (4) notes further complications for states under proposed reforms in the welfare system. States attempt to protect children in day care by setting child care standards, screening providers, conducting on-site monitoring, and imposing sanctions for non-compliance. Fiscal restraints and the increasing number of care providers have forced many states to cut back on on-site monitoring, and many other states do not impose any regulations on family day care providers. The impact of these issues on proposed welfare reforms are discussed. (MDM)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Family Day Care, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Hearings, Low Income Groups, Social Action, State Standards, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (First copy, free. Additional copies, $2 each; 100 or more copies mailed to a single address discounted 25 percent).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.