Ensuring Quality Care For Babies
Jul 30, 2008
The supply of high-quality infant and toddler child care is limited, particularly for low-income families. While most states provide child care assistance through vouchers or certificates, states have the option of contracting directly with providers to expand infant/toddler care for low-income families.
Based on interviews with state policymakers, a new paper from CLASP, Ensuring Quality Care for Low-Income Babies: Contracting Directly with Providers to Expand and Improve Infant and Toddler Care, explains how states are using contracts:
- to create or stabilize care in particular communities or for specific populations;
- to create child care slots meeting quality standards important for infants and toddlers;
- to extend the day for infants and toddlers served in Early Head Start; and
- to improve the quality of infant/ toddler family child care.