Child Care: Massachusetts Office for Children, 1993, Tract levelSource file: /vol/geo/util/metadata2/mcp/sample_md_tree/boston_foundation/OFCSCHT.dbf
The Office for Children (OFC) is a branch of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). It was established by state legislation in 1972 and is responsible for maintaining the quality of child care services available to children in the city of Boston. The OFC is responsible for the following: - establishing licensing regulations for child care operations. - issuing child care licenses. - monitoring compliance with licensing regulations. - renewing the licenses every 2 years from date of issue. - grant provisional licenses and approvals which must be renewed every 6 months.
To obtain a child care license, a child care provider or agency (e.g. corporation) must submit a licensing application. The application is reviewed and the child care site is inspected by OFC licensor to insure that the regulations are being met. A license is granted to the provider/agency for the site where the care is to take place. Regulations for licensing established by the OFC identify the minimum standards that must be met by the child care provider or agency.
From Boston Persistent Poverty Project Office for Children documentation.
A School Age Child Care Program is "any program or facility operated on a regular basis which provides supervised group care for school age children not of common parentage. Such a program may operate before and after school and may also operate during school vacations and holidays. It provides a planned daily program of activities and is accountable for children for specifically identified blocks of time during the week, usually over a period of weeks or months. School age child care programs which relocate to a camp setting during the summer shall be subject to these regulations while children are based at the primary program facility." (102 CMR 11.02, Office for Children)
Exclusions similar to that of Group Day Care Facilities apply.
The files include data for programs accommodating school-age children for the 1993 fiscal year.
There were 68 of these programs, with a total capacity of 2,439 students; all facilities licensed in Boston are included in these figures. These facilities were distributed among 49 Census Tracts or 61 Census Block Groups.
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Coordinate System: State Plane Coordinate System 1983, meters
Source: Boston Foundation
Acknowledgements and Restrictions: Datasets in the children and families database were collectedfrom many different sources. Each source was normalized by census tract, blockgroup or zipcode by some folks at Northeastern University. For details on this process and on the Children and Families Database, consult the full documentation provided in bfppp3.doc which should be in the same directory as the tables.
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Attribute Definition Units Tract CENSUS TRACT n/a Numfac NUMBER OF FACILITIES Facilities Totcap TOTAL CHILD CAPACITY Children Camp NUMBER OF PROGRAMS W/LICENSED CAMP Programs Schyear NUMBER OFFERING SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM Programs Fullyear NUMBER OFFERING FULL YEAR PROGRAM Programs
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