ERIC Number: ED438090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Opening a New Window on Child Care: A Report on the Status of Child Care in the Nation Today.
National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY.
Despite improvements in child care regulations and in the availability of child care since the 1972 landmark study on the country's child care delivery system, the current child care system still fails working parents and their children even as families are becoming more reliant on it. This document synthesizes recent research showing the educational and developmental benefits of good quality child care and provides a call to action to those who support children's rights to safe and enriching early childhood care. The major points of the report are as follows: (1) demand for child care is exploding; (2) the cost of child care is prohibitive; (3) good quality care is essential for all; (4) numerous barriers to quality care remain; (5) lack of school-age care means higher crime rates; and (6) there are business benefits to understanding employers' responsibility to provide families with access to reliable, affordable, and high-quality care arrangements. The report also makes recommendations to help ensure affordable, accessible, quality child care, and to ensure employer support and consumer education. The report concludes with a statement of principles regarding children's entitlement to quality child care, families' entitlement to affordable child care, the need for additional child care spaces, the need for a livable wage with incentives for professional development for child care workers, the needs for school-age care, the potential role of the business community, and the necessity for government, industry, educators, nonprofit organizations, and parents to commit to a partnership to improve child care options for all families. (KB)
Descriptors: Day Care, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Parents, Family Day Care, Preschool Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY.