Child Care Resources

Child Care Bulletin November/December 1997, Issue 18

The Child Care Challenge: States Leading the Way

Prepared by J. Sciamanna and E. Lahr-Vivaz for the American Public Welfare Association (APWA)

A child care status survey, August 1997, shows that states are moving to establish innovative, quality child care programs as they aim to move welfare recipients off assistance and into work. A chart provides a state-by-state breakdown of the information. (Free publication, available from American Public Welfare Association (APWA), 810 First Street, NE, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20002-4267, or call: (202) 682-0100 or fax: (202) 289-6555, or send e-mail to:

Welfare Reform: Implications of Increased Work Participation for Child Care
U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO)

This report seeks to analyze the impact of welfare reform on the need for child care in four communities by estimating the current demand for child care in family child care homes and centers, estimating the future demand for care under the federal welfare law, and determining the extent to which the current supply of child care programs will be able to meet the increased demand as people move from welfare to work. (Available by ordering Report #GAO/HEHS-97-75 from U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) P.O. Box 6015 Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015, or call (202) 512-6000, or fax: (301) 258-4066. The document can also be accessed through the NCCIC web site at: under the section for Child Care Research).

Map and Track: State Initiatives to Encourage Responsible Fatherhood

J. Knitzer and S. Page with E. Brenner and V. Gadsden

Prepared in collaboration with the Council of Governors’ Policy Advisors and the National Center on Fathers and Families, this is the second report in the "Map and Track" series from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP). The report tracks national and state demographic trends on father absence and single-father families. It also maps on a state-by state basis the level of state activity to promote responsible fatherhood, from both an economic and nurturing perspective. (Available for $19.95. Make checks payable to Columbia University and mail to: NCCP, 154 Haven Avenue, New York, NY 10032, or fax a purchase order to: (212) 544-4200, or send e-mail to:

The Regulatory Status of Center-Based Infant and Toddler Child Care

K. Taaffe Young, K. White Marsland, and E. Zigler

A report published in the October 1997 issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry rates the quality of state regulations governing center-based child care for infants and toddlers. The report evaluates regulations with regard to three key dimensions of quality: grouping -- staff/child ratio and group size; caregiver qualifications -- education and training; and program -- facilities, equipment, and approach to children. (For reprints of the report contact Kathryn Taaffe Young, Ph.D., The Commonwealth Fund, One East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021-2692).

State Developments in Child Care and Early Education - 1997

Helen Blank and Gina Adams

One of a series of reports by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) concerning state policies and practices in child care and early education. Included is information on the broad range of child care and early education issues that states addressed in 1997, including: state decisions regarding child care funding, child care assistance, changes in subsidy policies, actions related to quality and supply, changes in child care administration and efforts to create unified policies, Head Start and prekindergarten initiatives, along with other new ideas and developments in areas such as quality investments, licensing activities, and school-age care. (Available from the Children’s Defense Fund, 25 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, or call CDF Publications at: (202) 662-3652, fax: (202) 628-8333). Visit the CDF web site at: