State does well on child care

July 01, 1998|By Stacey Patton

Maryland is among the top 10 states for child-care programs for the second year in a row, according to Working Mother magazine.

The state joins California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin in the honor.

Maryland made the ranks by maintaining availability, safety, quality and commitment in both private and public child-care programs, Working Mother spokesperson Christina Duffney said yesterday.

"No state has ever received five stars," Duffney said. "Maryland came close to it by receiving four stars in all four categories."

Again this year, the state government made child care a high priority, offering tax breaks for working families so they can afford child care and approving $250,000 for a child-care credentialing program. And Maryland averages only four toddlers infants to one caregiver.

Pub Date: 7/01/98

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