ERIC Number: ED226846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Day Care Programs: A Part of the Educational Continuum.
Blackwell, Jacqueline; Leeper, Sarah H.
In order to determine the effect of day care center sponsorship on children's development, the authors examined the ways in which programs, objects and materials, and teacher/child interactions affected the preoperational behavior of 4-year-old black children in publicly and privately supported day care centers. A total of 120 4-year-olds (30 from public day care, 30 from private day care, and 60 middle- and lower-class controls not attending day care) served as subjects. All groups received selected sections of the comprehensive Piagetian Preschool Battery pretest and posttest for determining cognitive growth. Results indicated that while significant differences existed between day care center children and control children with respect to preoperational behavior, no significant differences were found between public and private day care center children. Based on these findings, five suggestions for providing a quality day care center for children under 5 years of age are outlined. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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