ERIC Number: ED395654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
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The E.C.E.R.S. as a Base for Research and Development of Quality in Day Care Centers in Sweden.
Ogefelt, Anette Daversjo
This paper describes the Skovde Project to be implemented in day care centers in Skovde, Sweden. The purpose of this project is to identify the current quality of care in day care centers and to examine the impact of upcoming decentralized organization of the centers and a more flexible child care levy system on the effectiveness of resource use and the quality of care. The organizational changes include an increase in the size of children's groups in the centers, a decrease in staff density, and an increase in the number of centers managed by each day care manager. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) will be used to measure day care quality on a pre-post basis. Parental and staff ratings of quality will also be obtained through questionnaires. Pretest measures were obtained in the spring prior to the fall introduction of the organizational changes. The Data Envelopment Analysis method will be used to conduct a cost analysis to identify efficiency of resource use. Because the instruments used in this study are identical to those of similar day care studies in Goteborg and Lerum, Sweden, it will be possible to obtain a broader picture of the current state of child care in Sweden. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: Child Care Costs; Data Envelopment Analysis; Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale; Sweden; Sweden (Skovde)
Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education (5th, Paris, France, September 7-9, 1995).