ERIC Number: ED376938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota Study on Race/Ethnicity in Child Care.
Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Rochester.
This study discusses the racial and ethnic composition of Minnesota's children and child care providers, focusing on the need for more multi-ethnic, culturally-appropriate programming for the increasing number of children of color in the state. A 1992 survey of 1,003 day care centers and 35 Head Start programs found disparities between numbers of staff of color and European-American caregivers. Center staff of color were more likely to hold lower level positions in centers than European-Americans. Among the nine recommendations intended to have an impact on the cultural appropriateness of the child care system in Minnesota were the following: (1) recruitment of child care providers of color; (2) multicultural training for all providers; (3) professional development opportunities for child care providers of color; (4) implementation of strategies for overcoming barriers to people of color entering the child care field; (5) collection of information on the informal system of child care; (6) promotion of collaboration among new and existing diversity efforts; (7) increasing financial subsidies to families to improve access to care; (8) continuing to track racial/ethnic data on children in child care and child caregivers; and (9) working with public and private funders to support statewide and local efforts focusing on cultural diversity. (Four appendices provide information on data sources, growth rates for populations of color in Minnesota counties, a map of Minnesota, and survey data for Minnesota and its geographic and political subdivisions. (MDM)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Child Caregivers, Children, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Hispanic Americans, Multicultural Education, Population Trends, Preschool Teachers, Public Policy, Racial Balance, Racial Differences, State Surveys, Whites
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network, Rochester.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota