ERIC Number: ED448922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The CARES Initiative in California: Pursuing Public Policy To Build a Skilled and Stable Child Care Workforce, 1997-2000.
Burton, Alice; Mihaly, Jessica; Kagiwada, Jennifer; Whitebook, Marcy
This report details California CARES (Compensation and Retention Encourage Stability), an initiative aimed at building a skilled and stable workforce to provide high-quality child care and development services throughout California. The report is presented in three parts. Part 1 describes the statewide effort to provide professional development rewards for existing and future education and training. This section describes the origins of the initiative in new federal funding sources to states, child care advocacy efforts, statewide demand for K-3 teachers, and the existence of an extensive early childhood training network. Legislative efforts are also described. Part 2 of the document presents information on how California counties have developed CARE-style plans of their own. Discussion focuses on Proposition 10, the San Francisco CARE program, the Alameda County Child Development Corps, and the movement from advocacy to implementation. The following program features are described: (1) stipends and educational requirements; (2) priorities for stipends; (3) timelines; (4) outreach; and (5) program administration. Challenges of implementing CARES at the county level are discussed, including limited planning and implementation time, limited funding, and transcripts and other verifying documents. Part 3 of the document reflects on the CARES experiment, noting that efforts such as CARES are a first step in the longer struggle for systematic change to reward members of the child care workforce. Appended are application materials for San Francisco and Alameda County. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Caregivers, Children, Compensation (Remuneration), Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, State Programs
Center for the Child Care Workforce, 733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 1037, Washington, DC 20005-2112; Tel: 202-737-7700; Fax: 202-737-0370; Web site: http://www.ccw.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Miriam and Peter Haas Fund, San Francisco, CA.; San Francisco Foundation, CA.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Walter and Elise Haas Fund, San Francisco, CA.; Luke B. Hancock Foundation, Reno, NV.; William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Marin Community Foundation, San Rafael, CA.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Child Care Workforce, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California