Document Type

Report

Publication Date

7-21-2005

Abstract

The government has placed increasing regulations on child care over the last few decades. Until recently, informal care providers, those who care for only a few children in their home or the children’s home, have been exempt from these regulations. Concerns over quality have led many states to consider increased regulation of this part of the child care market when government subsidized funding is being used. Studies on the effectiveness of current regulation of child care centers and group homes show, however, that regulation is a risky means of improving quality. It may not be effective and can negatively affect availability, cost, parental employment, and parental responsibility and self sufficiency. New York is currently considering a proposal for regulation of informal care that includes extensive background checks, fraud detection practices, and on-site visits.

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