ERIC Number: ED459917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-26
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care in the Southern States: Expanding Access to Affordable Care for Low-Income Families and Fostering Economic Development.
This report focuses on the financial aspects of child care from the perspective of families and government. The need for affordable child care in the Southern states is illustrated in a series of state-by-state charts and graphs. Information on the percentage of low-income families that receive help paying for child care in each state is also included. The report also goes beyond this story of need to demonstrate that child care subsidies can actually pay for themselves in real dollars returned to the government through taxes; in short, public funds invested in child care can also be an important economic development strategy. Data are presented as follows: (1) child care is an essential support for working families; (2) percentage of working mothers in southern U.S. states; (3) child care is expensive; (4) low-income families cannot afford to work without subsidized child care; (5) for single parents the cost of child care can be crippling; (6) most families do not have access to inexpensive child care provided by "kith and kin"; (7) too often child care subsidies are limited to families on welfare; (8) investing in child care is a key economic development strategy; (9) publicly funded child care pays for itself; and (10) employers benefit from offering child care support. (EV)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Economic Development, Grants, Low Income Groups, State Action, State Surveys
Southern Institute on Children and Families, 500 Taylor Street, Suite 202, Columbia, SC 29201. Tel: 803-779- 2607; Fax: 803-254-6301. For full text: http://www.kidsouth.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.