ERIC Number: ED409984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Meeting the Needs of Low-Income Families through Family Child Care Professional Development and Consumer Education: 1996 Child Care Aware Conference Report. (Wheaton, Illinois, October 9-11, 1996).
This document summarizes presentations from the 1996 Child Care Aware conference, which celebrated successful child care innovations, evaluated new strategies in family child care professional development and consumer education, and posed challenging issues for the future in these areas, especially as they relate to low-income families. Section 1, "Meeting the Needs of Low-Income Families," examines child care challenges resulting from welfare reform efforts, describes Child Care Aware projects which target services to low-income neighborhoods, presents tips for recruiting and training AmeriCorps workers, examines successful strategies for developing family child care in public housing, and considers training caregivers to serve low-income families with multiple stresses. Section 2, "Family Child Care Professional Development," outlines methods to connect with unregulated providers, discusses training models for providers and state registries enabling providers to communicate their credentials to parents, examines the impact of refinements in the National Association for Family Child Care's accreditation on program quality, describes some family child care training and professional development projects, and considers the growth of family child care associations. Part 3, "Consumer Education," examines parents' emotions in initial child care selection, discusses helping parents learn how to select good child care, presents issues related to affordability of care and parent-provider relationships, and outlines pilot projects designed to educate future and current parents on quality child care through public awareness and a media campaign. (KB)
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, Low Income Groups, Parent Caregiver Relationship, Professional Development, Public Opinion
Child Care Aware, 2116 Campus Drive, SE, Rochester, MN 55904 ($10).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A