ERIC Number: ED417819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
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Early Childhood Caregivers' Perceptions of Child Care Availability and Quality: The Influence of Education, Training, and Experience.
Buhrman, Audrey K.; Sell, Marie A.
This study examined early childhood caregivers' perceptions of the availability and quality of child care and examined the extent to which caregiver knowledge, training, experience, and motivation predicted judgments of quality and availability. Surveys were mailed to 292 licensed and registered family day care providers in Shelby County, Tennessee (with a 10 percent return rate) and 290 caregivers at 19 licensed day care centers randomly selected from all centers in Shelby County (with a 19 percent return). Results indicated that caregivers with more experiences related to child care and more child care training rated the quality of child care higher than those with less experience. Caregivers with more training perceived child care to be more available. Knowledge and motivation variables did not predict perceptions of quality or availability. Knowledge was positively correlated with training. Caregivers in home care settings were less motivated than those in day care settings to read relevant materials on their own and were less interested in receiving continuing education. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee