ERIC Number: ED416008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive Child Care Program: Phase 1 - Evaluation Results.
Harachi, Tracy; Anthony, Emily; Bleisner, Siri
Seattle's Comprehensive Child Care Program (CCCP) (Washington) is made up of a child care subsidy to offset child care costs for working and student families with low incomes, and quality assurance and technical assistance for 150 child care providers, including on-site evaluations, public health consulting, continuing education for providers, and individual consultation with CCCP staff. As part of Phase I of an evaluation of CCCP, 14 enrolled and 9 wait-listed parents participated in 4 focus groups. In addition, confidential surveys were mailed to a random sample of parents (148 enrolled parents; 72 wait-listed parents). Survey and focus group findings indicated that: (1) the program subsidy helps families remain self-sufficient by enabling parents to work or attend school, increasing parents' employment stability, and improving financial status; (2) the subsidy offers parents the use of quality child care they trust, with enrolled parents using licensed child care more than wait-listed parents, feeling their child care is of high quality with greater satisfaction, and feeling their child had experienced improvements in learning and emotional well-being; (3) enrolled parents are positive about the CCCP, finding it to be supportive, whereas wait-listed parents are often frustrated with the waiting period for enrollment and with poor communication. Study recommendations include funding of the subsidy component, elimination of the wait list, and increased communication between the CCCP and families. (RR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Seattle Dept. of Housing and Human Services, WA.
Authoring Institution: Harachi & Associates, Seattle, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington (Seattle)