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.
- Support state and local policies committed to the following principles:
- all children are entitled to safe, nurturing care;caring for children is a societal as well as a family responsibility; 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;job protected maternity and parental leaves are highly desirable;stable funding is a necessary component of policy.–End vertical–
- Support a state administrative structure which provides for optimum effectiveness in implementing child care policies, programs, and services by meeting the following criteria:
- the welfare of the child is the primary focus;policy is effectively implemented;private and public programs are efficiently coordinated;responsible agencies work together cooperatively and effectively;the administrative staff has training in child development;responsible agencies are effective advocates for child care and are responsive to public concerns.
- Support measures that ensure availability of accessible, quality child care that is responsive to diverse needs of children and their families.
Support measures that:
- 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–facilitate and expand child care programs offered at public school facilities and other public agencies;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–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.
- Support state responsibility to ensure the delivery of quality care. Support measures that:
- establish and maintain quality standards for centers and family day care homes;
- encourage and assist child care providers and staff to maintain and provide quality child care;
- provide incentives for family day care homes to become licensed;
- provide effective monitoring of child care programs;
- support and facilitate increased wages and benefits for center staff and family day care operators;
- ensure that families have access to information that will help them to recognize and choose quality care.
- 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.
- Support diverse community efforts, where appropriate, to meet identified local needs for child care services. Support measures that:
- explore needs and services available;
- provide community-wide development, coordination, and implementation of child care policies;
- designate a coordinator for child care policy;
- provide incentives for private providers through such means as subsidies, fee waivers, and simplification of the regulatory process;
- establish child care benefits and services for local government employees;
- include child care elements in General Plans and redevelopment plans;
- commit the use of public lands and facilities for child care programs.
Adopted 1989; Readopted at last convention