skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 202206 Find in a Library
Title: America's Child Care Crises: A Crime Prevention Tragedy
Author(s): Sanford Newman J.D.; T. Berry Brazelton M.D.; Edward Zigler Ph.D.; Lawrence W. Sherman Ph.D.; William Bratton; Jerry Sanders; William Christeson M.H.S
Corporate Author: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
United States of America
Date Published: January 2000
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos, CA 94022
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
Washington, DC 20005
Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
William T. Grant Foundation
New York, NY 10022
Sale Source: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
1212 New York Ave NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews findings from recent relevant research that has examined the crime-prevention benefits of early childhood school-readiness programs, as well as the performance of Federal, State, and local governments in funding and promoting such programs.
Abstract: The research review concludes that Federal, State, and local governments could greatly reduce crime and violence by providing families with access to school-readiness child care programs. Recent research from a large 14-year study of children who had been enrolled in government-funded Child-Parent Centers found that compared to children in the program, similar children who did not receive school-readiness child care had 70 percent more arrests for violent crime by age 18. Research also found that low-income and moderate-income working parents cannot pay the cost of good child care programs. Adequate care for two children in a child care center can cost over $12,000 a year, approximately $2,000 more than a full-time minimum wage worker earns. Generally, governments at all levels have not funded nor promoted school-readiness programs for children. Head Start, the primary Federal school-readiness program for children in poverty, is currently underfunded, Federal funds can only support about half of the eligible 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. The Child Care and Development Block Grant program, which is designed to help low-income parents pay for child care, is able to serve only one out of eight eligible children; and for the children being served, funds are too meager to purchase adequate care. Although some States are making comparatively strong contributions to school-readiness programs for children in poverty, no State is even close to meeting the full need for quality child care programs. This report advises that research findings indicate that investing now in school-readiness child care and development programs will yield long-term reductions in government costs associated with crime-control efforts. 88 notes and a list of 6 resources
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Child care services; Children at risk; Juvenile delinquency factors; Poverty and crime
Note: Dowloaded September 26, 2003.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.