ERIC Number: ED417828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-6
Reference Count: N/A
Florida Child Care Quality Improvement Study Findings.
Galinsky, Ellen; O'Donnell, Nina Sazer; Beyea, Brigit; Boose, John
The ongoing Florida Child Care Quality Improvement Study investigates how Florida's new ratios and education requirements for early education and care affect children's development, parents' lives, and the early childhood marketplace. The project consists of three interrelated studies: The Children Study, The Parent Study, and The Market Study. The report summarizes the findings of all three studies in 1992 and 1994, and reports new findings from the 1996 Children Study. Among the findings noted are the following: (1) increased teacher education and ratio requirements significantly contributed to a number of positive outcomes in children's development in 1994 and continue to improve in 1996; (2) in comparison with other national multi-site studies of the overall quality of early education and care, Florida has made positive strides; (3) increased staff education and more rigorous ratio requirements did not have a marked negative impact on the child care marketplace nor did requirements significantly affect consumer costs during the 1992-96 period; (4) The greatest gains in children's development and in the quality of the early childhood education and care occurred when classrooms met professionally recommended ratios, which are higher than the new Florida ratios; and (5) teachers with an advanced education (associate's degree or higher) had the highest scores in terms of children's development and classroom quality; however, in 1996, teachers with a CDA or equivalency were warmer and more sensitive as well as more responsive with children than those with less than a CDA. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Florida