ERIC Number: ED371898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
In the Neighborhood: Programs That Strengthen Family Day Care for Low-Income Families.
Family day care is the largest source of nonparental care for young children and often provides the care many families require. In 1991-93, the National Center for Children in Poverty studied 10 local programs that support family day care providers in low-income neighborhoods to increase understanding about family day care and to learn from the experience of practitioners. This report places the work of these low-income programs in the context of current knowledge about family day care. It summarizes the similarities and differences among the programs studied, examines the challenges of providing such care, and identifies the strategies that can support and strengthen such care providers. Following an introduction, part 2 discusses the varying quality of care; the great range in the definition, regulation, and licensing of family day care; and the steps being taken to recruit, train, support, and organize family day care providers. Part 3 discusses the special child-care needs of low-income families, which can often best be met by family day care. Part 4 describes the primary aims of organizations and programs that successfully support family day care providers in low-income neighborhoods. Part 5 identifies four keys for Successful programs: (1) financial and material resources; (2) local people who are friendly, familiar, and trustworthy; (3) novel cooperative efforts; and (4) time for change to occur. The report concludes with case studies of 10 programs that help low-income day care providers. For each program, information is provided on its community, sponsoring organization, the family day care effort, program history, program services, project structure, funding, challenges, and next steps. (TM)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Community Programs, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Family Day Care, Linking Agents, Low Income Groups, Preschool Children, Program Descriptions
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032 ($12.95; including postage and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for Children in Poverty.