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ERIC Number: ED315144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 41
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Social Policy and Its Effects on the Daily Experiences of Infants and Toddlers in Family Day Care in Israel.
Rosenthal, Miriam K.
This study examined: (1) the accuracy with which standards of the state-subsidized Israeli family day care (FDC) program were implemented; and (2) the relationships between specific program service characteristics, program quality, and children's daily experiences in care. Israeli family day care standards concern program participants, caregivers and program coordinators, group composition, physical conditions, and educational programming. In this study of 12 FDC services, participants included caregivers at 41 FDC homes, 82 infants and toddlers, and their mothers. Mothers and caregivers were interviewed; caregiver and child interactions were observed; and caregiving environments were rated. Measures included demographic data on program participants, caregivers, and program coordinators; group composition data; and ratings and observations of environmental quality, quality of interaction, behavior of children, individual competence, concept and skill acquisition behavior, gross motor activity, aimless behavior, negative socioemotional behavior, and emotional distress. Findings indicated that important aspects of children's daily experiences in FDC are strongly influenced by such factors as the caregiver's supervision and education and the group's composition. Implications of the findings for policy decision making are pointed out. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel