Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska


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NEBRASKA POLICY CHOICES 1988, ed.Russell L. Smith (Omaha, NE: Center for Applied Urban Research, 1988).


Copyright © 1988 University of Nebraska Board of Regents.


This chapter looks at the Nebraska child day care market. A review of the day care arrangements made by working parents for their preschoolers indicates that the majority use home day care - in the home of a relative, friend, neighbor, or family day care home proprietor. This predominance, together with evidence that sixty percent of all day care is informal, unregulated care, suggests three policy strategies for improving the quality of home day care in Nebraska: strengthening and expanding family day care rules; subsidizing quality home day care for the working poor; and expanding specialized training for home day care providers.