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ERIC Number: ED517022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Build Subsidized Child Care Rate Policy Task Force: Recommendations for Action
Stoney, Louise
Pennsylvania Department of Education
In the Fall of 2003, the Pennsylvania Build Initiative convened a Rate Policy Task Force to broadly examine the issue of child care rates and make recommendations for action. The Task Force goal was two-fold: (1) to suggest ways that the rate and payment process currently used by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) can better support the children and families who receive subsidized child care; and (2) to begin thinking about how DPW rates can be aligned with the early care and education finance approaches used by other public agencies and private funders. While Task Force members represented many of the Commonwealth's early childhood programs and fund administrators, the group decided early on that it was essential to gather information from a much broader group of providers, consumers and administrators. To this end, Task Force members suggested that a series of forums--discussion groups guided by facilitators and a common set of questions--be convened across the state. The Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) agreed to coordinate this effort. In February and March of 2004, forums were held in the following eight regions: Lehigh, Norristown, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Scranton, Monroeville, Franklin and State College. Lessons learned from the forum, coupled with ideas and research gleaned from Task Force members, form the basis of this report. Section I summarizes key issues raised at the forums, and includes concerns and suggestions made by forum participants. Section II summarizes Task Force deliberations, research and ideas from other states. Section III offers recommendations from the Task Force. Early Learning Team Rate Policy Task Force Provider Forum Discussion Guide is appended. (Contains 16 footnotes.)
Pennsylvania Department of Education. 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. Tel: 717-783-6788; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Build Initiative
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania