ERIC Number: ED424014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Child Care in Virginia. Critical Issues in Child Care. White Paper 1.
Johnson, Suzanne Clark; Baratka, Talley V.; Wood, Lisa
This paper on child care is one of four to be published by the Action Alliance for Virginia's Children. The papers are based on the most comprehensive data available on child care in Virginia, recent scholarly research from both social science and neuroscience, and the best judgment of leading professionals in the fields of education and child development. This paper asserts that high-quality child care is not a luxury, but rather a requirement if Virginia's children are going to grow up healthy, ready to learn, and able to interact successfully with other people. The paper states that high standards, well-educated and well-compensated staff, and strong involvement of parents are as key to quality in early childhood education and care as they are for older children in formal school settings. Topics covered by the paper include: (1) research on early childhood programs, school success, and social adjustment; (2) impact of quality child care on economics; (3) quality child care and disadvantaged children; (4) lack of quality early childhood programs; (5) myths regarding child care; (6) what is quality child care? (including discussions of staff-child ratios, staff qualifications, and the vital role of parents); and (7) licensing and accreditation. The paper concludes with eight recommendations for improving child care, including increasing support from various public and private sectors for quality enhancements, especially higher wages and benefits for providers, and coordinating and streamlining licensing regulations. (EV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Action Alliance for Virginia's Children and Youth, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia