ERIC Number: ED121423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Day Care Costs: Their Impact on Day Care Center Quality.
REAP Associates, Washington, DC.
This study analyzes the effects of costs on day care center quality for a total of 13 high cost ($40-50 per week for each child) and low cost ($20-30 per week) day care centers in three New York counties. A mail survey questionnaire (included in Appendix) was used to gather data on program operations, core services, and budget expenditures. Two-person field observation teams visited eight centers to validate the survey data and gather data on program quality through observation and interview schedules. Detailed findings, summary data, and interpretations for mail survey data include the following: age of program, type of facility and organization, availability of core services, staff ratios and training, director's education and hours, program enrollment, core and supplementary child and family services, and parent participation. Day care quality was measured by on-site teams in terms of specific attributes, competencies, and behaviors along 11 critical components grouped into four major dimensions: quality of staff (director, care and non-care staff); quality of interactions (director-staff, director-children, staff-staff, staff-children); quality of program (for children, staff, parents, and support); and quality of plant and materials (physical quality and quality of use). Results indicate there may be a low cost/low quality correlation. Study limitations are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Dept. of Social Services, Albany.; Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: REAP Associates, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New York