ERIC Number: ED421258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Licensed Child Care in Washington State: 1996.
Miller, Marna Geyer; Hu, James S.; Mayfield, Jim
This study was the fifth survey of the Washington State licensed child care market, completed in 1996 by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Data were obtained through telephone interviews of approximately 2,700 child care providers. The major findings indicate that between 1994 and 1996, the monthly rate at licensed centers and homes increased by 11.5 percent and 7.9 percent, respectively, compared to a Consumer Price Index increase of 5.9 percent. Rates varied by geographical area and child's age. Higher rates were found for centers than for homes, when staff salaries were higher, and when providers had training in early childhood education or a college degree. Approximately 99,000 children were enrolled in centers and 58,000 children in family homes. Slightly over half of both groups received full-time care. Slightly over 40 percent of children in centers or homes were preschoolers or infants. About 10 percent of both centers and homes operated during non-standard hours. About 90,000 children received DSHS-subsidized care in 1996, 16 percent of children in both centers and homes. There was an increase from 76 to 84 percent between 1994 and 1996 in the number of centers that cared for at least one DSHS-subsidized child. Over 90 percent of family providers indicated willingness to serve DSHS-subsidized families. (Two appendices include county statistical tables on child care facilities, vacancies, children in licensed and subsidized care, and average prices of preschool care; and maps detailing centers, homes, child population, and vacancies.) (KB)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Caregivers, Children, Compensation (Remuneration), Counties, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Demography, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, Financial Support, Fringe Benefits, Grants, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data Analysis, Olympia, WA 98504-5204 (Report No. 7.82).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia. Office of Research and Data Analysis.
Identifiers - Location: Washington