ERIC Number: ED368453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-12
Reference Count: N/A
Toddlers in Child Care: What Does a "Quality" Program Mean?
Balaban, Nancy; Dubiel, Carol
This paper describes the characteristics of toddlers aged 12 to 30 months in relation to the qualities necessary for an effective early childhood program for such children. The first half of the paper discusses these qualities, which include: (1) respect for toddlers' budding autonomy; (2) attention to language development; (3) social interaction and play with peers and adults; (4) attention to gross motor development; and (5) respect for attachments to family and culture. The second half shares the experiences of the director of an infant and toddler child care center and, based on videotaped material, discussions with parents about their own thoughts and feelings about having their children in a child care center. The effectiveness of two specific practices, the primary care model and the use of parent-teacher notebooks, are examined by means of descriptions of parent-child and parent-teacher interactions. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Child Care Satisfaction; Day Care Selection
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Anaheim, CA, November 12, 1993).