ERIC Number: ED245796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
What is Quality Child Care?
Caldwell, Bettye M.
Professsional child care is a comprehensive service to children and families that supplements the care children receive from their families. Need for such care will vary quantitatively as a function of demographic characteristics of the family. Child care programs can and do vary in quality, but all must foster the development of the whole child. Differences in types of services needed by children from different family settings are more a matter of degree than kind. Criteria for quality child care have been developed with the participation of the membership of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); these criteria will grow and be modified as experience with the accreditation process is gained. It can be stated with confidence that professional child care need not have negative cognitive or socioemotional consequences for children. However, the field needs formative evaluations to guide programs and summative evaluations to educate the public about the contribution the profession makes to the quality of life for children and families in America. Three additional goals of NAEYC are to build better linkages between the child care subsystem and other human service programs, to identify uniquely positive experiences that could be associated with child care, and to make a major commitment to study both the processes and products of child care programs. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nationl Association Educ of Young Children
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Atlanta, GA, November 3-6, 1983).