ERIC Number: ED454310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
Lasting Returns: Strengthening California's Child Care and Development System.
This report examines California's child care system. California families with working parents are less likely to rely on center-based child care than are families nationwide. The supply of child care has not kept pace with the recent movement of families from welfare to work. Thousands of California children are without child care or adult supervision after school. Very few licensed child care programs are available to parents who work nontraditional hours. Available child care may be of low quality. Child care for low income families tends to be of low quality. State child care spending tripled between 1996-97 and 2000-01. Despite California's considerable investment in child care, nearly 280,000 children in working families qualify for child care assistance but do not receive it. Many subsidized child care centers are experiencing a funding crisis. Low pay and limited funding have created a staffing crisis that undermines the ability of many programs to provide quality, stable child care. Seven recommendations include: resolve the funding crisis, guarantee child care to low income working families, and increase efforts to resolve the staffing crisis. Two appendixes present a glossary of terms and the California Child Care Center Staff Education and Staff to Child Ratios. (SM)
Descriptors: Children, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educationally Disadvantaged, Financial Support, Low Income Groups, State Aid, State Government, State Programs, Urban Youth
California Budget Project, 921 11th Street, Suite 502, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-444-0500; Fax: 916-444-0172; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cbp.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; California Wellness Foundation.
Authoring Institution: California Budget Project, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California