ERIC Number: ED414017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Regulated Child Care Supply in Illinois and Maryland: A Report of the NCCP Child Care Research Partnership.
Collins, Ann; Li, Jiali
One of the factors hampering welfare reform policy decisions is that local child care markets, particularly those used by low-income families, are not well-understood. This study addressed the need to increase the knowledge and understanding of low-income child care markets, the effects of different child care policies, and the differences policies can make in enabling parents to work and children to receive child care that prepares them for school. A partnership between Maryland and Illinois child services organizations was formed to compare the distribution of regulated child care within and between the two states. Four findings concerning child care for low-income families were noted: (1) comparing differences in regulated child care supply and socioeconomic contexts between states is an important context building exercise and helps policymakers develop hypotheses about differences and similarities within and between states; (2) there is a general lack of supply of regulated care that meets the needs of families for extended or non-traditional work hours in both states; (3) the rate of female labor force participation may be directly related to the size of the regulated child care supply and the median price of such care; and (4) the near poverty rate may be directly related to the median price of regulated child care but not necessarily to the size of the regulated supply. Further research into factors relating to differences in regulated child care supply is necessary. (SD)
Descriptors: Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Economic Factors, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Supply, Low Income, Poverty, Socioeconomic Influences, Special Needs Students, Welfare Reform
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia School of Public Health, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032; phone: 212-304-7100; fax: 212-544-4200; World Wide Web: http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/nccp/
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Child Care Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for Children in Poverty.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Maryland