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ERIC Number: ED148480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 11
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Issues Involved in Differentiating Theory, Practice and Gaps: A Developmentalist's Point of View.
Lounsbury, Karen Rasmussen
This paper discusses some of the issues involved in determining policies and standards for day care services for children. The paper raises questions concerning both the definition of quality child care and the problems involved in implementing quality standards at the level of policy formation and in the centers and day care homes themselves. Research has demonstrated the possible detrimental effects of poor quality institutionalization and of maternal deprivation. Other research has demonstrated children's general resiliency. This research has led to questions of appropriate age groups for day care, of suitable curriculum, and of suitable program structures. It is suggested that present licensing standards, which vary from state to state, are based more on intuition than on research evidence. The paper also suggests that child advocate groups organize and disseminate information on child development and child care to the public who will in turn influence legislation through community support. Because of the increasing costs of day care, legislation will be important for establishing child care subsidies as well as for determining program standards. In addition to these concerns, issues relating to the monitoring of programs through inspection are also discussed. Issues involved in balancing the need for standards with the problems of program costs are emphasized. (BD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Chicago, Illinois, November 10-13, 1977)