M. Queralt and A. D. Witte
Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 21 1999, p.111-146
Since the late 1980s, as social welfare programmes in the US have suffered major cutbacks, there has been increasing reliance on regulation rather than direct public intervention to pursue social welfare policy objectives. Paper examines the effects of one particular type of childcare regulation. No evidence is found that state and local regulations on child/staff ratios for preschool children have any significant relationship to actual child/staff ratios experienced by preschoolers at childcare centres. In this case regulation did not achieve its intended purpose.