Director: Douglas Powell, PhD, professor and head, Department of Child Development and Family Studies
Staff: Amanda Wilcox-Herzog, coordinator
Fiona Innes, graduate research assistant
Funding: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, $108,797
Term of Project: October 1997-September 1999
Description: This project evaluated the Indiana Child Care Financing Initiative, an innovative statewide effort to build public and corporate awareness of community child care needs; build public/private partnerships to meet local child care needs; expand licensed child care capacity; increase the number of credentialed providers; and reduce high rates of turnover among child care professionals. The design of the symposium emphasized local control and decision-making as part of a general movement toward devolution in human service policies.
Evaluation: The evaluation addressed two major sets of questions:
A report on the first set of questions (pdf) was released in March 1999 at the Governor’s Conference on Early Childhood. A report on the stages of local partnerships (second set of questions) was released the following October.