Position on Child Care


The Issue: 
State or National: 
Position in Brief: 

Support state and local policies, legislation and programs that meet the need for accessible, affordable, and quality child care.




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  1. Support state and local policies committed to the following principles:
    1. all children are entitled to safe, nurturing care;
    2. caring for children is a societal as well as a family responsibility;
    3. quality child care responsive to diverse needs of children and their families should be available to all socio-economic groups on an ability to pay basis;
    4. job protected maternity and parental leaves are highly desirable;
    5. stable funding is a necessary component of policy.

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  2. Support a state administrative structure which provides for optimum effectiveness in implementing child care policies, programs, and services by meeting the following criteria:
    1. the welfare of the child is the primary focus;
    2. policy is effectively implemented;
    3. private and public programs are efficiently coordinated;
    4. responsible agencies work together cooperatively and effectively;
    5. the administrative staff has training in child development;
    6. responsible agencies are effective advocates for child care and are responsive to public concerns.


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  3. Support measures that ensure availability of accessible, quality child care that is responsive to diverse needs of children and their families.
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    Support measures that:
    1. provide incentives and encouragement for private providers and employers to expand the supply of child care, e.g. simplify the regulatory process without lowering standards; provide loans for startup costs; offer tax breaks; assure reasonable insurance rates; act as a model employer by offering child care services and benefits to state employees; --Begin vertical--
    2. facilitate and expand child care programs offered at public school facilities and other public agencies;
    3. ensure the provision of child care programs and services through elementary school years and age appropriate, supervised, enrichment activities available for youth in their teen years; --End vertical--
    4. provide statutory Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) for all state funded child care programs and services; --Begin vertical-- e. strengthen the Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies' role in recruiting and supporting family day care.
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  4. Support state responsibility to ensure the delivery of quality care. Support measures that:
    1. establish and maintain quality standards for centers and family day care homes;
    2. encourage and assist child care providers and staff to maintain and provide quality child care;
    3. provide incentives for family day care homes to become licensed;
    4. provide effective monitoring of child care programs;
    5. support and facilitate increased wages and benefits for center staff and family day care operators;
    6. ensure that families have access to information that will help them to recognize and choose quality care.


  5. Support state responsibility to:
    a. meet the need for subsidized child care through reliable and diverse sources of state funding;
    b. expand tax supported public child care so it is available on a sliding fee basis to all socio-economic groups;
    c. make existing tax credits more progressive;
    d. use various incentives, including tax breaks, to encourage businesses to offer child care services and benefits to their employees;
    e. promote and seek federal assistance for child care.

    Local Government

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  6. Support diverse community efforts, where appropriate, to meet identified local needs for child care services. Support measures that:
    1. explore needs and services available;
    2. provide community-wide development, coordination, and implementation of child care policies;
    3. designate a coordinator for child care policy;
    4. provide incentives for private providers through such means as subsidies, fee waivers, and simplification of the regulatory process;
    5. establish child care benefits and services for local government employees;
    6. include child care elements in General Plans and redevelopment plans;
    7. commit the use of public lands and facilities for child care programs.

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Position History: 

Adopted 1989; Readopted at last convention