ERIC Number: ED339526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Who Should Care for Infants and Toddlers? A Family Day Care Perspective.
This discussion concerns the advantages and disadvantages of using family day care, the most widely used form of day care in the United States. Advantages are that family day care providers generally: (1) accept younger infants than do centers; (2) are often conveniently located; (3) often have flexible hours; (4) provide home-like environments; (5) communicate directly with parents; (6) provide excellent learning environments; (7) provide greater individuality of care than do centers; and (8) are usually cheaper than centers. In regulated centers, providers and children benefit from the Child Care Food Program. Disadvantages are: (1) It is difficult to find high quality family day care; (2) Family day care providers usually have less training in child development than those in centers; (3) High child-staff ratios are a problem in some areas; (4) There is a high turnover rate; and (5) Zoning problems are prevalent. Several ways of overcoming the disadvantages and improving the quality of family day care are discussed. The Accreditation of the National Association for Family Day Care was developed to provide a means for examining the provider's care in terms of indoor safety, health, nutrition, interaction with children, indoor and outdoor play environments, and professional responsibility. Family day care associations that provide training and support for providers are discussed. A list of six references is appended. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Accreditation Standards; Age Appropriateness; Childrens Foundation DC; National Association for Family Day Care; Quality Indicators
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Anaheim, CA, November 11-13, 1988).