ERIC Number: ED197820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Systematic Parent Evaluation for Accountable Child Care: Development and Use of the Process with Family Day Care Homes.
Popplewell, Frank; Winget, W. Gary
The objectives of this study were (1) to determine parents' levels of satisfaction with the care and nurturing their children receive in family day care homes; (2) to determine predictors of parent satisfaction with the homes; and (3) to determine the impact parent feedback has upon reinforcing strengths and correcting deficiencies in these homes. An evaluation questionnaire was sent to all parents (N=1183) who in the past 12 months had used or currently were using licensed family day care homes which were applying for license renewal. Four general kinds of information were requested from parents: minimal demographic information; objective ratings of the provider and facility; evaluation of a provider's skills relative to specific developmental age ranges; and enumeration of strong and/or weak points of the day care home. Analysis of the 536 completed forms returned revealed that parents were very satisfied with the providers, the facilities, and the caring behavior of the providers. Nine-two percent of the parents stated they would enroll/keep their children in day care and would recommend it to a friend. Predictors of parental satisfaction included the caregiver's recognition of a child's strengths and weaknesses, a day care home supplied with toys and materials, and the caregiver's efforts to ensure that the values they taught the children were consistent with the parents' values. Finally, the parent evaluations were found to strongly reinforce providers' strengths and only moderately correct providers' weaknesses. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ramsey County Child Care Council, Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
Note: Appendix B and C of this document are not available due to marginal legibility of original document.