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ERIC Number: ED451903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
California's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy.
Lee, Brian
This report compiles recent research showing that quality child care and early education can greatly reduce crime and argues that California is in the middle of a child care crisis, with a shortage of quality, affordable care. Chapter 1 of the report presents research showing that at-risk children who participate in quality child care programs are much less likely to commit crime and have serious behavior problems than children who are not enrolled in those programs. Chapter 2 argues that, faced with waiting lists and the high cost of child care, many working parents have no choice but to leave their children in a setting that in many circumstances amounts to little more than child storage. Chapter 3 presents evidence that most child care available in California falls short of the good quality necessary to effectively reduce crime and violence. Chapter 4 asserts that low-income working parents especially have difficulty finding affordable, quality care. Chapter 5 presents information on the underfunding of child care assistance programs in California. Chapter 6 argues that investing now in quality child care programs will yield such crime reductions and other benefits that California will have substantially more money for other purposes in the years ahead. Chapter 7 presents a call for action from California's leading sheriffs, police chiefs, district attorneys, and crime victims to make necessary investments in providing access to quality child care. The report concludes with recommendations for California policymakers. Appended is an overview of major California Child Care Assistance Programs. (Contains 94 endnotes.) (KB)
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California, 2910 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94609 ($12). Tel: 510-836-2050; Fax: 510-836-2121; e-mail: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California, Oakland.
Identifiers - Location: California