ERIC Number: ED442535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Influencing Welfare and Child Care Reform: Strategies from Colorado and Washington. Child Care Action Campaign Issue Brief #4.
State strategies used to build constituencies and expand the resource base of the child care systems they are developing will be an important contribution to the success of welfare reform. This report, from a 1996 Child Care Action Campaign national audioconference, describes the innovative strategies used to strengthen leadership, expand community participation, and increase investments in child care in Colorado and Washington. The report notes that Colorado's efforts involve a high-level business commission and a grass roots movement, each operating independently of the other but in mutually reinforcing ways, and have mobilized new child care advocates whose legislative victories range from an income-tax check-off for investments in child care quality to an expansion of preschool capacity to restoring the dependent care tax credit to families. The report includes the recommendations of the Colorado Business Commission on Child Care Financing, which had direct impact on the decisions of a committee on welfare reform in the Colorado legislature. Also noted are the efforts of the Colorado Children's Campaign, which developed advocacy training around the children's agenda and personalized the need for better child care through a doll project to build support for child care solutions. The report then describes efforts in Washington, where coordinated priority-setting and budget-negotiating among child care advocates and agency officials are the essence of an effective legislative strategy that has kept child care at the forefront of welfare reform proposals, increased state-funded subsidies for low-income working families, and increased state funding for child care training and licensing activities. This report includes a description of the Washington State Child Care Coordinating Committee. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Community Responsibility, Community Role, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Financial Support, Government Role, Public Policy, State Programs, Welfare Reform
Child Care Action Campaign, 330 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001; Tel: 212-239-0138; fax: 212-268-6515; Web site: http://www.childcareaction.org. ($3 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Action Campaign, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Washington