ERIC Number: ED459919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Sound Investments: Financial Support for Child Care Builds Workforce Capacity and Promotes School Readiness.
Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.
In 1999, the Southern Regional Task Force on Child Care, comprised of appointees from 16 southern states including Oklahoma and the mayor of the District of Columbia, with additional appointees from the other agencies, was formed with the charge of developing a plan to improve access to child care assistance for low-income families in the southern region. The task force received testimony from professionals, families, and representatives of the business communities, identified barriers that impede access to child care assistance for low-income families, and developed an action plan to improve access to financial aid for families needing and seeking assistance. This report presents the plan, along with supporting information. Chapter 1 describes the work of the task force. Chapter 2 discusses the reasons priority attention must be given to making quality child care more accessible and affordable for low-income families, including the positive effect child care can have on workforce capacity, the advantages availability of such care can bring to the welfare reform effort, and the financial support it can provide for early learning opportunities for children in low-income families. Chapter 3 presents an action plan setting forth 10 goals and 52 action steps to improve access to child care assistance. This chapter also includes descriptions of initiatives representing progress made by various states in addressing the goals. Chapter 4 describes planned activities for 2001 and beyond to promote implementation of the action plan goals and to address additional issues associated with improving access to quality child care. The report's appendix presents results of a survey detailing the state/federal subsidy system policies and procedures in each of 17 participating states. (Contains 56 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Financial Support, Labor Force, Public Policy, School Readiness
Southern Institute on Children and Families, 500 Taylor Street, Suite 202, Columbia, SC 29201. Tel: 803-779-2607; Fax: 803-254-6301; Web site: http://www.kidsouth.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.