ERIC Number: ED412300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
A Report of the NCCP Child Care Research Partnership. A Study of Regulated Child Care Supply in Illinois and Maryland.
Collins, Ann; Li, Jiali
The distribution of regulated child care within and between Maryland and Illinois was studied. "Regulated" means all center-based and regulated family child care in the two states. Census data have been linked with child care supply data available from the statewide child care resource and referral networks. It has not been possible to incorporate data from unregulated care, including care by relatives and unregulated providers, into these analyses. This report, which is the first prepared by one of three child care research partnerships funded by the Administration for Children and Families, is an important first step in understanding how child care supply and prices vary by basic community characteristics. In April 1996, there were 15,776 regulated family and center-based programs in Maryland and 13,240 in Illinois. There are significant differences in the regulation of child care in the two states, but overall, Maryland has more regulated child care, and fewer center-based programs than Illinois. In Maryland, supply of regulated child care generally increases with increased female labor force participation. The same is generally true in Illinois, although there appears to be no relationship between female labor force participation and the distribution of center-based child care. In Maryland, but not in Illinois, the supply of regulated child care decreases with increases in the near poverty rate in Maryland. This research makes it clear that comparing differences in child care supply is a useful context-building exercise for policy formation. Additional analyses needed for policy formation are discussed. (Contains 17 figures and 2 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Day Care Effects, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Parents, Government Role, Labor Force, Low Income Groups, Mothers, Poverty, State Programs, State Regulation
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia School of Public Health, Attn: Publications, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032; phone: (212) 304-7100; fax: 212-544-4200 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Child Care Bureau.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Children in Poverty, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Maryland