ERIC Number: ED273385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Quality Indicators for Infant-Toddler Child Care.
A study compared child care centers determined to be of high quality and low quality along three established indicators of quality: good adult/child ratio, caregiver continuity, and caregiver training in child development. The centers were all community centers who enrolled full tuition parents. Eighty-nine families with children aged 18, 24, 30, and 36 months participated in the study. The research team spent a year observing each center. Their observations revealed additional differences in high versus low quality child care centers. In the high quality centers, parents were involved in the day-to-day life of the center, children were more likely to be self-regulated, parents were invested in their child's compliance both at home and in the center, and parents were less stressful and more satisfied with their child care. The findings suggest that not only do good things within child care go together but that working parents who have less stressful lives and are more competent and confident in their parenting are more likely to be associated with high quality than low quality child care. (HOD)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Classroom Observation Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Evaluation, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Evaluation Criteria, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).