ERIC Number: ED415971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies To Build and Sustain Good Child Care Quality during Welfare Reform. Issue Brief #1.
This report from the 1995 Child Care Action Campaign national audioconference examines approaches to building support among child care providers, legislators, and parents for investments in good quality child care in light of welfare reform. The report summarizes recent findings that children in good quality child care had a more developed understanding of language, scored higher on pre-math skills, had more positive self concepts, and liked their child care centers better than children in mediocre or poor quality settings. The efforts of the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission to build a system of good quality care for young children are described, including strategies to create a system of voluntary on-site assessment of day care centers and homes, to reward good quality programs through facility and equipment grants and tax credits to parents who use them, and to raise the visibility of good quality programs. Arizona's strategies of underpromising and overdelivering on child care quality are discussed, including distributing funding to the entire range of child care program types, funding a variety of pilot demonstrations of quality improvements, and using the state budget process to heighten legislators' understanding of and support for continuity of care for children. The activities of the staff training program to improve staff-to-child ratios in Pennsylvania are also described, including linking training to compensation, cooperating with public and private organizations to focus training and share resources to contain costs, and tying increases in quality to regulations by increasing the number of children per staff for teachers having more training and experience. (KB)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Policy Formation, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Public Policy, Welfare Reform
Child Care Action Campaign, 330 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001; phone: 212-239-0138; fax: 212-268-6515 ($3 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Action Campaign, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Arkansas; Pennsylvania