ERIC Number: ED463835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Southern Regional Initiative on Child Care: Action Plan To Improve Access to Child Care Assistance for Low-Income Families. Survey Results on the Status of State Implementation Efforts.
Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.
This report presents findings of a survey study examining the efforts of southern states and the District of Columbia to implement the goals and action steps of the Action Plan to Improve Access to Child Care Assistance for Low-Income Families in the South. Surveys were sent to the members of the Southern Regional Task Force on Child Care, appointed by the governors of 16 southern states and the mayor of the District of Columbia. Florida's response was not received in time for publication; Delaware did not participate in the survey because their position to the Task Force was vacant; and Virginia declined to participate. The report includes a copy of the survey introduction and instruction as well as a chart displaying the results of state implementation. The findings are reported as "action step completed,""action taken toward goal," or "no action reported." The goals relate to: (1) funding for direct child care assistance; (2) broadening child care eligibility and subsidy policies; (3) aggressively implementing outreach initiatives; (4) maintaining uncomplicated and family friendly child care application and redetermination processes; (5) establishing a coordinated, seamless eligibility system; (6) establishing customer service outcome goals and setting standards to ensure respectful treatment for families; (7) designing the subsidy system; (8) creating partnerships with employers; (9) providing child care assistance through federal and state tax laws; and (10) having an effective, coordinated system to guide policy decisions and direct use of resources. The bulk of the report presents the survey feedback for each state and the District of Columbia. Information provided for each state includes the name and contact information for the individual completing the survey. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.