ERIC Number: ED445774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
America's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy.
Newman, Sanford; Brazelton, T. Berry; Zigler, Edward; Sherman, Lawrence W.; Bratton, William; Sanders, Jerry; Christeson, William
This report presents findings relating the reduction of crime and violence with access to good educational child care programs. The report discusses the affordability of such programs, suggests that federal and state governments are not adequately funding educational child care programs, and argues that investing in high-quality child care and development programs will result in crime reduction. Following an introduction, Chapter 1 of the report discusses evidence that high-quality educational child care prevents crime and children's problem behaviors, focusing on the High/Scope Preschool Program, the Syracuse University Family Development Program, and North Carolina's Smart Start program. Chapter 2 examines the importance of high-quality child care, while chapter 3 maintains that many low- and moderate-income parents cannot afford high-quality child care. Chapter 4 describes government initiatives for child care, parenting education, and after-school programs and argues that governmental support has been inadequate. Chapter 5 argues that investing in high-quality early childhood education eventually saves money through reduced costs of crime, welfare, and remedial education and in added revenues from taxes paid when preschoolers become adult workers. Chapter 6 presents a call for action by child development experts and law enforcement officials to increase federal and state funding of educational child care programs. Contains 88 endnotes. (KB)
Descriptors: Crime, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Government Role, Models, Prevention, Young Children
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Child Care Report, 2000 P Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($12). For full text: http://www.fightcrime.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Public Welfare Foundation, Washington, DC.; Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Sapelo Island, GA.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Pinkerton Foundation, New York, NY.; William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, New Haven, CT.; International Association of Machinists, Washington, DC. Research Dept.; Woods Fund of Chicago, IL.; Chicago Community Trust, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Washington, DC.