ERIC Number: ED469673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Child Care Quality in Four Counties in Minnesota. Technical Report.
Davis, Elizabeth E.; Ceglowski, Deborah
In order to assess the state of child care in Minnesota, this study examined child care needs, resources, and issues in four counties representing both rural and urban parts of the state. Three sources of information were tapped: (1) the county Child Care Resource and Referral databases; (2) a survey of directors of child care centers; and (3) focus groups with parents in each county. Findings revealed that the supply of care in licensed child care homes and centers was adequate in the two rural counties but fell somewhat short in the urban counties. Vacancy rates averaged about 12 percent across the 4 counties, with 39 percent of centers reporting no vacancies. The county subsidy rate was typically at or above the average child care rate in each county. The percentage of child care centers that are accredited ranged from 0 to 38 percent. Fewer than half of all lead teachers had a 2- or 4-year degree in early childhood education (ECE). Few licensed family providers had ECE credentials. Staff turnover in centers averaged 37 percent across all 4 counties. Parents identified numerous program quality indicators, including planning and offering learning activities for children and having providers that are caring and child-centered. Negative perceptions of child care related to neglect, the teacher-child ratio, and safety issues. Issues related to child care costs included not working because of child care expenses, and the influence of cost on program selection. Kith and kin care was used most frequently for part-time or occasional care. (Contains 10 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Child Care, Child Caregivers, Counties, Early Childhood Education, Family Child Care, Focus Groups, Labor Turnover, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Surveys
For full text: http://education.umn.edu/ceed/publications/measuringup/mureport.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Resources for Child Caring, Inc., St. Paul, MN.; Bremer (Otto) Foundation, St. Paul, MN.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Early Education and Development.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota