Child Care in Kentucky: Current Status and Future Improvements.Report as inadecuate

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This report is designed to inform the Kentucky Governor, the General Assembly, and the public about the quality of child care in the state. Chapter 1 presents data suggesting that at least one third of Kentucky preschoolers are currently in child care, more children are likely to enter childcare as female labor force participation increases and welfare reform unfolds, and the quality of care has a fundamental impact on children, parents, and the wider public. Chapter 2 presents data on the availability and affordability of quality child care in Kentucky. While data suggest that many parents are satisfied with the availability and affordability of high-quality care in their communities, expert assessments of caregiver-child ratios, group size regulations, training requirements, and compensation reveal that much of Kentucky child care is of questionable quality. Further, more educated parents are much less likely to be satisfied with the availability and affordability of high-quality care. Chapter 3 deals with ways to improve Kentucky child care. A statistical model was used to estimate the relative contribution of various factors to Kentucky child care, and then hypothetical scenarios were generated to estimate the effects of changing ratios, training levels, group size, and pay rates on program quality. Findings point toward caregiver-child ratios, training requirements, and wage rates as targets for enhancing program quality. An expenditure increase of about $10 per child per week was estimated to make marked quality improvements, but over $20 per child per week was necessary to create the highest quality program. Three appendices contain statistical information. (KB)

Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Models, Program Costs, Program Improvement, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Young Children

Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center, 111 St. James Court, Frankfort, KY 40601; Web site:

Author: Childress, Michael T.


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