ERIC Number: ED413097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Recruiting Welfare Recipients for Child Care Work: Not a Panacea.
Working for Change, Mar 1996
Work requirements for welfare recipients will pressure state agencies to create employment opportunities for parents and arrangements for child care while parents work. This report examines the topic of recruiting welfare mothers to care for children of other recipients. The report highlights research outlining barriers to work in child care and concerns regarding low-income women as child caregivers. It also profiles programs that have met with varying degrees of success, discusses center-based training as an option, and suggests supports for family child care providers. Child care workfare proposals are described as varying in the amount of training, support, and screening offered to providers and options offered to parents. Caregiving issues discussed include the desire and aptitude for child care work, family supports for providers, and the providers' professionalism and relationship with parents. The report also describes barriers and disincentives to child care as a work opportunity, including low compensation, lack of resources to support providers, impediments related to small business operations, health and safety conditions of homes, inability to pass background checks, zoning and landlords, and the presence of domestic violence. The report recommends effective supports for providers, including adequate training, start-up funds, development of a family child care provider network, opportunities for licensing or regulation, links to referral and social services, financial support as needed, and assistance to market business and develop curriculum, policies, and procedures. (Contains 17 references). (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Caregiver Training, Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Parent Caregiver Relationship, Public Policy, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
Child Care Law Center, 22 Second Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 ($7).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Child Care Law Center, San Francisco, CA.