Improving the Delivery of Military Child Care

An Analysis of Current Operations and New Approaches

by Gail L. Zellman, Anne Johansen, Lisa S. Meredith, Molly Selvin


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This study was undertaken to identify ways to improve the delivery of Child Development Services on military installations. Our interviews with policymakers and our visits to military installations revealed that 1) the goals of Child Development Services Systems are multiple and not clearly defined, and consequently do not always translate into practice; 2) demand for child care needs to be more carefully assessed, and decisions about how much child care to provide and to whom should be made; and 3) heavy reliance on Child Development Centers promotes "fair weather" readiness, providing care as long as children are not ill and their parents are working regular hours. Ill children and irregular working hours create significant care gaps. A more systemic approach to the provision of care that addresses inevitable gaps in care should be undertaken.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction and Background

  • Chapter Two

    Study Methods

  • Chapter Three

    Interview Findings

  • Chapter Four

    Secondary Analyses

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    The Military Child Care Act of 1989

  • Appendix B

    Excess Demand

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