ERIC Number: ED420414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care in Rhode Island: Caring for Infants and Pre-School Children. Issue Brief.
Harrington, Ann-Marie, Ed.; Walsh, Catherine Boisvert, Ed.; Bryant, Elizabeth Burke, Ed.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Issue Brief, n4 Oct 1997
This report of the Rhode Island Kids Count organization details the state's infant and preschool child care, components of quality care, and state policies to increase the supply of quality care. The report begins with a discussion of the importance of providing good quality child care to enhance healthy child development, especially brain development. This section describes types of infant and preschool child care, the benefits of early care and education for low-income children, and Head Start accessibility. Quality child care is described as linked to wages and benefits, licensing, accreditation, professional development, staff qualifications, child to staff ratios, group size, and caregiver stability. Also discussed is the connection of quality child care with successful welfare reform. The report delineates by city/town and for the state as a whole the percent of eligible children enrolled in Head Start and children under 6 years enrolled in the Family Independence Plan and the number of licensed child care slots for children under 6 years. In addition, the report outlines state policy changes aimed at increasing the supply of quality care. The report describes quality child care in Rhode Island as linked to (1) affordability; (2) improving child care subsidy systems; and (3) an adequately funded early care and education system. The report concludes with contact information for several Rhode Island organizations committed to promoting quality child care. Contains 13 references. (KB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Child Caregivers, Day Care, Day Care Effects, Infant Care, Infants, Organizations (Groups), Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Professional Development, Public Policy, Tables (Data), Teacher Student Ratio, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, 70 Elm Street, Providence, RI 02903; phone: 401-351-9400; fax: 401-351-1758; e-mail: HN3170@handsnet.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: www.rikidscount.org (free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Providence.