ERIC Number: ED438040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Family Child Care Peer-to-Peer Exchange: A Policy Briefing, December 10-12, 1998.
In December 1998, the Ms. Foundation for Women brought together four grantee organizations for an exchange about their work, struggles, accomplishments, and visions for a stronger U.S. family child care system for the 21st century. Four interrelated areas were addressed: (1) family child care, welfare reform, and the rise of public funding for informal care; (2) defining high-quality family child care; (3) financing the child care system; and (4) building a base of support for social change. Recommendations include the following. All efforts to place women in transition from welfare to work in child care employment must include the supports needed to create good family child care jobs with a family-supporting income. Providers must be engaged in the definition of program quality. State monitoring must be equal and fair among all programs. A greater public investment in child care is needed to assure a self-sufficiency income for all providers and access to quality child care for all families. Tax credit for child care must be coupled with increased parent eligibility for subsidized care and reimbursement rates to providers that are based on the full cost of providing quality services. The creation of family child care linkages requires a level of funding that is able to build the base of support and power among providers. Efforts to engage family child care providers in demanding what they deserve from public child care policy need to be strengthened, especially in marginalized communities. (Contains 12 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ms. Foundation for Women, Inc., New York, NY.