ERIC Number: ED480529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: N/A
Moving Forward: Southern States Take Action To Improve Access to Quality, Affordable Child Care.
Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.
The Southern Regional Initiative on Child Care (established by the Southern Institute on Children and Families) is guided by the Southern Regional Task Force on Child Care including representatives from 16 southern states and the District of Columbia. The initial charge from the Task Force was to develop a southern regional action plan to improve access to child care assistance for low-income families and to develop and implement a similar plan to improve child care quality. This report provides information on the two action plans and describes activities and reports produced as the initiative moved to the implementation stage. Chapter 1 of the report describes the development of the child care initiative and its initial activities. Chapter 2 summarizes findings from state surveys on implementing the 10-goal action plan to improve access to child care assistance for low-income southern families. Chapter 3 reports on the Southern Regional Forum on Child Care Financial Aid Issues held in February 2002. Chapter 4 describes the 7-goal quality action plan developed by the Task Force in 2002. Chapter 5 describes the Second Annual Southern Regional Forum on Child Care, the setting for the release of an action plan to improve the quality of early care and education, and incorporates dialogue on implementing the action plan to improve access to child care assistance. Chapter 6 details collaboration initiatives across Head Start, the Child Care Development Fund subsidy program, and Pre-Kindergarten, including barriers to creating coordinated policies, areas of collaboration, and policy and practice issues. Chapter 7 outlines future activities of the Southern Regional Initiative on Child Care. The report's five appendices include the action plans, a list of state contacts, and presentations on child care funding policy and crime and violence prevention through investments in child care. (Contains 15 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Care, Child Care Quality, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Low Income Groups, Public Policy, State Programs, State Surveys
Southern Institute on Children & Families, 500 Taylor Street, Suite 202, Columbia, SC 29201. Tel: 803-779-2607; Fax: 803-254-6301; Web site: http://www.Kidsouth.org. For full text: http://www.Kidsouth.org/pdf/MovingForward.pdf.
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.