ERIC Number: ED430716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Caring for Our Children: Our Most Precious Investment.
Little Hoover Commission, Sacramento, CA.
Child care has become a central issue to most Californians and is increasingly important to policymakers. The Little Hoover Commission examined child care in California, focusing on the long-standing competition between the quantity of services available and the quality of services provided. Information was obtained from an advisory committee of over 100 child care experts, from witnesses at two public hearings, numerous studies on child care issues, material gathered from think tanks, and interviews of child care experts. Four major conclusions and recommendations were drawn from the data. First, California lacks and needs an effective strategy to supply the high-quality child care that working families need. The state should adopt a child care master plan to guide its efforts to help families and communities meet child care needs. Second, shortages of licensed child care extend statewide and are especially severe in low-income, rural, and minority communities. The state should set a goal of expanding child care capacity so all Californians have access to services. Third, the subsidized child care system serves a fraction of eligible families and services are not well-matched to community needs. There should be sufficient funding for subsidized child care and the system should be fundamentally reformed. Fourth, state policies and other factors subvert the goal of assuring all children high-quality care and early education opportunities. The state should undertake a broad-based effort to improve the quality of child care and expand early education opportunities. (Two appendices list advisory committee members and public hearing witnesses. Contains approximately 50 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Government Role, Legislation, Public Policy, State Action, State Government, State Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Little Hoover Commission, Sacramento, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California