ERIC Number: ED313166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Purchased Day Care: Texas Department of Human Services Day Care Service Control Pilot Study, 1985 through 1989.
This pilot study of facilities from which the Texas Department of Human Services (TDHS) purchased day care services gathered and analyzed data for use in developing day care service control standards by means of which the quality of purchased day care services could be systematically assessed. Random samples were selected from contract centers, broker centers, provider agreement centers, group day homes, provider agreement family day homes, contract family day homes, and broker family day homes. Although the TDHS had purchase arrangements with 1,220 facilities, actual samples included 507 centers, 6 group day homes, and 199 family day homes. Data included about 220 discrete items for family day homes and 500 discrete items for centers and group day homes. Questions asked were: (1) What are the operational characteristics of the facility? (2) How do facilities perform on generally accepted indicators of quality that have been written into service control standards? (3) By specified ages of children, how do centers and group day homes perform on measures of group size, daily activities, and physical environment? and (4) How does performance on measures of quality relate to the facility type, size, and purchase type? The report provides an introduction, background, review of literature, discussion of methodology, findings, summary, discussion, and implications. Over 200 tables of data, measures, and other information are appended. About 100 references are cited. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Human Services, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas