ERIC Number: ED437218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Key Facts: Essential Information about Child Care, Early Education, and School-Age Care.
Blank, Helen; Schulman, Karen; Ewan, Danielle
Currently available information makes a compelling case for investing in efforts to help families overcome child care, early education, and school-age care challenges and obtain the quality early learning and after-school experiences needed for children to succeed. This book presents a series of fact sheets concerning child care, early education, and school-age care, and information on major programs and policies in these areas. The book is designed to provide information in a format that can be easily adapted to various individual and organizational needs, and is organized in five parts. Part 1 discusses the importance of child care, early education, and school-age programs to all families. Part 2 examines barriers families encounter in locating affordable, quality child care, early education, and school-age care, including information on availability and cost of quality care, and groups facing particular hardship in locating good quality care. Part 3 discusses programs and policies that support child care and early education, including an overview of the roles of government, community organizations, and the private sector. Part 4 focuses on the broad support for quality child care, early education, and school-age programs among parents, public officials, and others, including findings from multiple polls demonstrating strong support for investments in these areas. Each section contains references. The book's appendices include tables of state-by-state data on maternal labor force participation, number of regulated child care settings, percent of schools offering extended-day programs, and other relevant information. Also appended is a list of relevant organizations and data sources. (KB)
Descriptors: Day Care, Federal Programs, Government Role, Infant Care, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Public Opinion, Public Policy, School Age Day Care, State Programs, Tables (Data)
Children's Defense Fund, 25 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-628-8787; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.; Booth Ferris Foundation, New York, NY.; Citigroup Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.