ERIC Number: ED308980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Parent-Staff Communication in Day Care Centers during Morning and Afternoon Transitions.
Endsley, Richard C.; Minish, Patricia A.
Communication between parents and staff was observed in 16 proprietary day care centers during morning and afternoon transition times when parents dropped off children and picked them up. Results revealed large, stable differences among centers in the frequency and usefulness of these exchanges. About two-thirds of transition time opportunities resulted in parent-staff communication, the median length of such communications being 12 seconds. Analysis by time of day suggested that caregivers were relatively more accessible during the morning transition, while parents were relatively more accessible during the afternoon. There were also large differences in parent-staff communication in preschool versus infant-toddler programs that favored the younger age group in measures such as frequency and usefulness. Follow-up analysis suggested that the age differences might be due more to the communication needs of infant-toddler staff than those of parents. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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