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ERIC Number: ED408014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
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Chilliwack Community Services Strategic Initiatives Registration Project: Start Up Phase-Summary Report.
Young, Carol A.; And Others
This report summarizes the results of the start-up phase of the Chilliwack Community Services Child Care Support Program, which tests ways of improving accessibility, quality, and accountability in British Columbian child care programs in which licenses are not required (LNR). Twenty-seven Child Care Support Programs in British Columbia completed a survey to identify current standards and policies and five key informants participated in interviews. Results of the provincial survey indicated that common standards included a reference check, doctor's signature, home visits, criminal reference checks, insurance requirements, personal assessments, a discipline contract, contracts with agencies to provide service, membership fees, a commitment to training, and First Aid training. Programs identified lack of consistent program standards and policies, registration requirements, and the lack of provincial standards and policies as barriers to registration. Results from the key informant interviews revealed that the relationship between parent and provider was a key quality indicator in the LNR sector. Health and safety standards were seen as essential to a quality arrangement. Components of a good registration model included a built-in support system for caregivers, registration incentives, career path opportunities, and marketing assistance. Respondents recommended the Family Day Care Early Childhood Rating Scale, a parent/provider survey, and case studies to assess program quality. A literature review provided a theoretical basis for developing and evaluating standards for LNR family day care, and considered informed parental choice; an accreditation system for providers; evaluation of program quality; and the need to respect family lifestyles. (Contains 33 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada