ERIC Number: ED400940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Uncovering the Many Sides of Family Child Care: A Study of the Family Child Care Connection.
Musick, Judith S.
This qualitative research study evaluated the impact of the Family Child Care Connection, a model designed to improve the quality of family child care for infants and toddlers. This 5-year project was administered by the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and implemented in four satellite networks of family child care providers located in low income urban communities. Each site had a coordinator to recruit, select, and train providers. Providers, parents, children, coordinators, program directors, and center-based staff at the sites were interviewed or observed. Results indicated that finding quality providers was labor intensive, but necessary and worth the effort. The coordinator's role was critical as a mediator, problem-solver, and advocate on behalf of providers. Assisting parents with socializing activities was one of the most valuable aspects of the providers' work. Parents experienced role-sharing as easing their burdens. Providers organized the day for children, who might otherwise lack structure and predictability, preparing them to adapt to the time-governed context of school. Providers modeled teaching relationships that parents eventually valued and modeled. The synergism among a combination of program elements was responsible for its positive effects. A connected form of entrepreneurship resulted from the networks at each site, the overall network, the affiliation with a community child care institution, and the relationship with the coordinator. (Two appendices include the interviews and list the coordinator's functions.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chicago Community Trust, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Field Foundation of Illinois, Chicago.; McCormick Tribune Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, IL.