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ERIC Number: ED561148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 194
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISBN: 978-0-8330-8596-2
ISSN: N/A
Early and School-Age Care in Santa Monica: Current System, Policy Options, and Recommendations
Pierson, Ashley; Karoly, Lynn A.; Zellman, Gail L.; Beckett, Megan K.
RAND Corporation
The landscape of early learning and out-of-school-time programs in the City of Santa Monica is complex, with numerous providers and funding streams. This complexity reflects its evolution in response to changes in federal, state, and local priorities and initiatives. Future shifts in funding levels, program auspices, and other features are likely. In July 2012, the City of Santa Monica Human Services Division and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District contracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct an assessment of child care programs in Santa Monica. The study was motivated in part by the perception of some stakeholders that the system of care had become fragmented and complex. Additional motivations were the uncertainty of resource streams stemming from recent and anticipated state and federal budget cuts and a desire to ensure youth well-being in the community. The project sought to assess how well Santa Monica's child care programs meet the needs of families, including child care and early education programs serving children from birth to kindergarten entry, as well as care for school-aged children (focusing on kindergarten through eighth grade) in the hours before and after school and in the summer. Overall, recommendations for improvement focused on advancing access, quality, service delivery, and financial sustainability. Five appendixes are included: (1) Parent ESAC [early and school-age care] Survey Instrument; (2) Parent Summer Program Survey Instrument; (3) Parent Focus Group Protocol; (4) Provider and Key Informant Interview Protocol; and (5) Methods for Collection of Provider Cost Data [This report was prepared for Prepared for City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Funding was provided by the City of Santa Monica and the RAND Corporation.]
RAND Corporation. P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138. Tel: 877-584-8642; Tel: 310-451-7002; Fax: 412-802-4981; e-mail: order@rand.org; Web site: http://www.rand.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Education; RAND Labor and Population
Identifiers - Location: California