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ERIC Number: EJ804893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Affordability Funding Models for Early Childhood Services
Purcal, Christiane; Fisher, Karen
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v31 n4 p49-58 Dec 2006
This paper presents a model of the approaches open to government to ensure that early childhood services are affordable to families. We derived the model from a comparative literature review of affordability approaches taken by government, both in Australia and internationally. The model adds significantly to the literature by proposing a means to understand and assess the numerous options for affordability funding. The model suggests that the options fall into only three basic approaches: operational funding, fee subsidies and tax relief. Application of this simple model helps clarify the costs and benefits of particular choices within these approaches. We predict that the choices affect cost to government, affordability to families, and participation by children in early childhood services. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Belgium; Canada; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Italy; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Portugal; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States