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ERIC Number: ED349092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Child Care Quality.
Fiene, Richard
Child care quality is not a single dimension, but rather a multidimensional characteristic of programs that support the family in its child-rearing role and programs in which children thrive developmentally, socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally. At the regulatory and accreditation level, approaches to quality focus on group size, adult-child ratios, and caregiver training and experience. Research has identified several other indices of quality child care that predict developmental and health outcomes, for example, the degree to which children are properly immunized or handwashing routines are followed. In a multidimensional approach to measuring quality, it is appropriate that providers, staff, and parents engage in self-assessment as a monitoring tool. However, the best means for collecting data is probably through observation followed by record reviews. Family influence may have a confounding effect on the measurement of the quality of child care. Research from an international perspective shows that programs with a high global assessment of quality care are associated with children who have greater social competence, higher levels of language development, higher developmental levels of play, better ability to regulate their behavior, and greater compliance with adults' wishes. Global assessment of quality is measured using a combination of discrete characteristics or a global rating scale such as the Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale. Research in several countries indicates that training in early childhood education is a crucial factor in quality caregiving. (AC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Child Day Care Health: Science, Prevention and Practice (Atlanta, GA, June 15-17, 1992).