ERIC Number: ED472027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Successful Child Care Substitute Program. Program Services Papers.
North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh.
In efforts to address child care provider concerns about the staffing crisis, many Smart Start counties in North Carolina are seeking to implement substitute programs to promote release time for child caregivers to return to school or to cover staff illness and leave time. This type of substitute program involves the use of regularly employed, fairly compensated, management supported staff. This brochure describes the major elements of a substitute program, advocating the use of the sponsoring organization approach as the basis in designing a workable program. Following a list of some outcomes of successful substitute programs, the brochure notes that the smaller the partnership, the more challenges must be overcome to create an effective program. Strategies critical to the development of a successful program are listed. Also delineated are recommended qualifications for substitutes and recommended components of the agreement between the sponsoring agency and the child care provider. Other options for providing substitute teachers and child care providers are discussed, including the use of: (1) floaters; (2) substitute pools; and (3) a reimbursement program to attract and maintain qualified substitutes. The brochure identifies the use of substitute pools as the least effective and most costly in the long run. Suggestions are provided for measuring the success of a substitute program. The brochure concludes with information on conducting a needs assessment to determine the local child care community need and commitment to usage. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Care, Child Caregivers, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Substitute Teachers, Technical Assistance
North Carolina Partnership for Children, 1100 Wake Forest Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27604. Tel: 919-821-7999; Fax: 919-821-8050; Web site: http://www.ncsmartstart.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh.