ERIC Number: ED072856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Family Day Care: Some Observations.
Saunders, Minta M.; Keister, Mary Elizabeth
A study comparing family and group day care was conducted. Data were collected over a two-year period on 12 children in a Greensboro, N. C., family day care program and 10 children in the UNC-G Demonstration Center for Infant-Toddler Care, a group day care center. Results, which disproved many assumptions cited as advantages of family day care, showed that: (1) mobility is greater in family day care than in center care; (2) all siblings can rarely be accommodated in the same family day care home; (3) family day care is nearby for low-income families but not for middle-income families; (4) a large percentage of infants in family day care show losses in mental development quotients, motor development quotients, and social development quotients; (5) family day care mothers are not usually women with preschoolers of their own at home; and (6) family day care homes do not usually have males in the household. Questions raised in the study about family day care are discussed, and further research is recommended. Appendix A presents the developmental quotients for the children in family and group day care, and notes on the two day care settings are provided in Appendix B. (KM)
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Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.; Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. Infant Care Project.; United Day Care Services, Greensboro, NC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Bayley Scales of Infant Development; Vineland Social Maturity Scale