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Posted On: Oct. 19, 1997 12:00 AM CST

WASHINGTON-In an effort to improve the quality of day care and early child education across the country, 16 foundations have joined with large corporations to begin planning multimillion-dollar child care training programs.

The new effort, unveiled last week, includes commitments of $2.4 million from the foundations. Their money will help develop director credentialing programs.

The program would complement separate, corporate-funded programs to boost the quality of day care that have been operating over the past five years.

The foundations that contributed to the new program include: the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Hasbro Children's Foundation, the Miriam & Peter Haas Fund, the Danforth Foundation, the Howard Heinz Endowment, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, American Express, Citibank, Texas Instruments, the McCormick Tribune Foundation, the Moriah Fund, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, the Travelers Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.

The employers involved in the collaboration include: Aetna Insurance Inc., Amoco Corp., AT&T Corp., Bank of America Corp., Chevron Corp., Deloitte & Touche L.L.P., Eastman Kodak Co., Exxon Corp., GE Capital Services Corp., Hewlett-Packard Corp., Johnson & Johnson Corp., Lucent Technologies, Mobil Corp., NYNEX Corp., Price Waterhouse, Texaco Corp., and Xerox Corp.

The employers, which form the American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care, have made long-range commitments to spend $100 million on child and elder care (BI, Sept. 16, 1996). So far, they have spent $9.4 million.

Those corporate efforts include a $1.2 million program to provide onsite training for staff and directors at 185 child care centers over a 12- to 18-month period in Atlanta; Dallas; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; New Jersey; and the mid-Hudson Valley in New York.