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ERIC Number: ED251197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Theory of Compliance: Indicator Checklist Statistical Model and Instrument Based Program Monitoring Information System.
Fiene, Richard J.; Woods, Lawrence
Two unanswered questions about child care are: (1) Does compliance with state child care regulations have a positive impact on children? and (2) Have predictors of program quality been identified? This paper explores a research study and related model that have had some success in answering these questions. Section I, a general introduction, highlights some major forces within the child care field that appear to be shaping program monitoring and regulatory efforts in the United States. Section II describes Pennsylvania's instrument-based program monitoring information system (the Child Development Program Evaluation System). Section III provides a brief history of the state's experience with the model. Particular attention is given to the reasons why Pennsylvania decided to use an instrument-based program monitoring system, which employs standardized checklists and questionnaires with weighted items measuring relative risk to children in day care settings. Section IV describes results obtained from using the model and includes a theoretical curve illustrating compliance with state regulations and child care outcomes. Section V briefly describes the Indicator Checklist Statistical Model and shows how to construct an indicator checklist and obtain predictors of program compliance and quality. Section VI poses potential problems with the use of the indicator model and offers some solutions. In conclusion, Section VII provides a future perspective on program monitoring and compliance review. Photocopies of the 14 slides that originally accompanied this conference paper are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania