ERIC Number: ED421216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Early Care and Education: A Status Report on Child Care in Florida. Pre-Release Copy.
Muenchow, Susan; Baker, Bonnie; Eldridge, Warren; Benham, LisaAnn
A survey was conducted to determine the supply, demand, cost, and quality of early care and education in Florida. Data were obtained through the Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Following an executive summary, the report is presented in three parts. Part 1 discusses availability of child care, parental requests for care, ages of the children involved, actual enrollments versus estimated need, and Florida's strategies for addressing child care gaps. Part 2 presents information on affordability, including information on staff costs, average child care costs and percent of per capita income spent on child care, the use of child care subsidies to assist parents, and ways of accessing child care subsidies. Part 3 discusses quality of child care, presenting information on quality indicators, the extent to which Florida offers quality care, gaps in the quality of care, and Florida's strategies for improving quality. The report includes statutory definitions of child care. Findings indicate that more parents in 1997 stated that affordability and availability were their primary concern than parents in 1996, with fewer parents indicating that quality of care was their primary concern. The number of family child care homes grew 14 percent in 1997 and the number of center vacancies declined. School-age care replaced infant care as most requested by parents. Quality of care improvements, due to stricter staff-child ratios for infant care and training requirements, were maintained. Major problems have been high teacher turnover and a declining rate of compliance with licensing standards. (Contains 23 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Children's Forum, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida