ERIC Number: ED341514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Experiences in Child Care and Early Childhood Programs of First and Second Graders. Statistics in Brief.
West, Jerry; And Others
The 1991 National Household Education Survey collected information on children's experiences in the home; in home-based child care; in center-based programs, including day care centers and nursery school; and in school. Data were collected by telephone from the parents and guardians of 13,892 children of 3 to 8 years between February and April of 1991. The overall response rate was 76.3 percent. The rationale for the survey was the belief of many experts that children are better prepared for first grade if they have experienced some high quality group care or nursery school. This survey covered the types of child care and early childhood program experiences first and second graders had before they entered first grade. It was found that 28 percent of children enrolled in first or second grade had received nonparental, home-based care by relatives on a regular basis before entering first grade, and 27 percent had received home-based care from nonrelatives. A total of 71 percent of first and second graders had attended center-based programs. Children whose parents had a high school education or less were more likely than other children to enter first grade without a center-based experience. Kindergarten experience was nearly universal. Children whose parents had more than a high school education were less likely to have attended full-day public kindergarten than children whose parents had a high school education or less. (LB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Household Education Survey