ERIC Number: ED463836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Building Momentum--Taking Action: Southern States Collaborate on Child Care Financial Aid and Quality Initiatives.
Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.
In the year 2000, the Southern Regional Task Force on Child Care was formed with representatives from 16 southern states and the District of Columbia as well as appointments from the Southern Institute on Children and Families and the Southern Growth Policies Board to collaborate in developing an action plan to improve access to child care assistance for low-income families in the southern region of the United States. This report details the work of that Task Force since its inception, including the receipt of testimony from professionals and others, the conduct of state surveys related to subsidy system policies and procedures and plan implementation, identification of barriers to child care financial assistance, development and implementation of the Action Plan, state site visits, and a regional forum. Chapter 1 serves as an introduction, summarizing the Task Force's areas of activity. Chapter 2 outlines the state site visit activities and discusses identified issues. Chapter 3 presents findings of a survey to identify the extent to which participating states have implemented the Action Plan and includes a table delineating implementation for each action step for each state. Chapter 4 highlights information presented at the Southern Regional Invitational Forum on Child Care related to the child care initiatives in participating states, barriers to implementation of the Action Plan, and opportunities for replication. Chapter 5 describes the Task Force's initial work in the area of child care program quality, and chapter 6 outlines plans to address child care quality improvements, as well as other activities planned by the Southern Regional Initiative on Child Care during 2002. The report's four appendices include: the text of the Action Plan To Improve Access to Child Care Assistance for Low-Income Families in the South; a summary chart of an analysis of legal issues; state survey contacts; and participant contacts for the regional forum. (KB)
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.