Accession Number:

ADA411855

Title:

What Are the Costs of Operating the Military's Child Care System?

Descriptive Note:

Research brief

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The Department of Defense DoD provides child care through an impressive Child Development Program CDP. The CDP is large, currently serving about 176,000 children 6 weeks to 12 years old in 900 child development centers CDCs and in 9,200 family child care FCC homes nationwide. Despite its large size, the CDP is also a high-quality system. The Military Child Care Act of 1989 was designed to promote quality in CDCs, and it has helped to do so through no-notice inspections, salaries tied to training milestones, and the provision of training and curriculum specialists. Today, virtually all CDCs are accredited. Moreover, the DoD has applied some of the same regulations designed to improve quality to FCC homes. CDC care is also affordable the DoD bases parent fees on total family income, not on child age, the common practice in the civilian sector. Finally, care is widely available. How much does this impressive system cost and how do costs vary by child care setting and by child age In a recent RAND report, Gail Zellman and Susan Gates addressed these questions, using surveys of CDP directors at 60 installations and at five of seven centers operated for the DoD by contractors, interviewing administrative and human resources staff at civilian employer-sponsored child care centers, and developing cost estimates. Their results focused on the three research questions presented here.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE