Where child care is above average? Licensing, legislation, and indicators of quality of care in minnesota

Deborah A. Ceglowski, Elizabeth E Davis

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Abstract

Despite Minnesota’s reputation for quality child care, recent changes in legislation and the impact of changing needs have raised concerns about the quality of child care available in the state. This paper presents an overview of Minnesota’s current child care system including structural indicators of program quality such as licensing standards, staff wages, turnover, educational level, and program accreditation. The current situation is characterized by high levels of staff turnover, low wages, low levels of program accreditation, and increasing numbers of variances for child care licenses, all of which are disadvantageous to providing high quality child care to Minnesota’s children. Efforts to decrease turnover through higher salaries and increase staff educational levels through tuition vouchers are explored. We find that there are a number of ways in which states can support quality child care, but stricter licensing standards are not likely to be sufficient by themselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-360
Number of pages18
JournalEarly Education and Development
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004

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