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ERIC Number: ED309873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Does Training Make a Difference?
Nelsen, Mary Jo
This document reports the findings of an evaluation of the Family Day Care Training and Accreditation Program, a voluntary program for family day care providers in San Antonio, Texas. The program consisted of eight training workshops, home visits, and a validation. Workshop topics included: space to play and learn, health and safety, growth and development, planning an activity program, handling behavior problems, working with parents, business management, and child abuse prevention. The evaluation specifically addressed two questions: (1) To what extent is the training program able to improve the quality of care which participants provide? (2) Are there any weak spots in the workshops which could be improved? An item analysis was made of 62 family day care validations conducted in 1988 using the Harms and Clifford Family Day Care Rating Scale, a measure composed of 36 items in 6 categories: space and furnishings, basic care, language and reasoning, learning activities, social development, and adult needs. Pretest scores obtained during home visits were compared with posttest scores after providers completed a 20-hour training program. Results revealed a significant improvement in scores and indicated improvement in the quality of child care that providers offered after participation in the program. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)