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ERIC Number: ED425818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 6
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Enhancing the Quality of Child Care: Lessons from Research.
Chambliss, Catherine
Drawing on current research, this paper advocates the optimization and enhancement of quality in group day care. Child development researchers offer many suggestions for improving the quality of child care. Recent research has indicated the importance peers play in children's development. Researchers have also indicated the importance of establishing educational practices which offer exposure to multisensory stimulation, warm relationships that invite and reward language practice, and the establishment of consistent rules and routines. Efforts to accommodate differences in children's temperaments are also important. This paper draws upon all of these research conclusions to provide classroom management strategies for enhancing day care: (1) atmosphere (creating a positive, enjoyable workplace for teachers); (2) articulating goals (creating clear, measurable classroom objectives); and (3) accountability (creating contingencies that reinforce effective teaching). The paper also lists five external environmental context factors, including: (1) community values and attitudes; (2) parent attitudes; (3) employer attitudes; (4) school board attitudes; and (5) government attitudes. Finally, the paper describes two methods for enhancing day care quality, including solution-focused management strategies and enhancement of how children are taught. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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