ERIC Number: ED458976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Quest for Excellence: The Future of Early Child Care in Kansas.
Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.
Noting the increasing recognition of the importance of quality early child care in Kansas, this report examines the status of child care in Kansas and efforts to improve quality. The report discusses the need for quality care, focusing on the increase in the number of working families, the importance of the early years for brain development, and the quality and affordability of care. The report also presents information on staff-to-child ratios and caregiver wages in Kansas, other efforts to assess quality, and child care subsidies. Strategies to improve quality care are then described, including accreditation of providers meeting specified standards of care and education, increased professional development opportunities for providers, and enhanced compensation for providers. Based on the view that all Kansans have a vested interest in improving the quality of early care, the report highlights the following recommendations: (1) continue efforts to educate parents, policymakers, and citizens about the importance of providing high quality child care; (2) increase funds for child care subsidies; (3) expand programs to upgrade skills and education of early child care professionals; (4) facilitate access to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for low-income families; (5) develop a tiered reimbursement plan providing financial incentives for providers; (6) expend the Smart Start grants framework allowing more communities to access funds to enhance the quality of local early child care programs; and (7) explore opportunities to expand Early Head Start and Head Start. The report concludes with a list of resource and reference materials. (Contains 34 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Change Strategies, Child Caregivers, Compensation (Remuneration), Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Professional Development, State Government, Young Children
Kansas Action for Children, P.O. Box 463, Topeka, KS 66601. Tel: 785-232-0550; Web site: http://www.kac.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas