ERIC Number: ED426805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
A Focus on Literacy in Home Day Care.
Cress, Susan W.
Although about 15 percent of young children are cared for in a home day care setting, there is little information available on literacy experiences provided for children in home day care. This study examined literacy environments in home day care centers in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Sixty-one family day care providers responded to a mail survey regarding the types of literacy activities and materials provided to children in their care. The providers' experience in home day care ranged from less than 1 year to 12 years. Their educational level was higher than the typical home day care provider. The findings indicated that on a daily basis, 62 percent of providers had more than 30 books available for the children. Books were typically placed on bookshelves or in bookcases providing easy access. All the children had at least one writing tool available to them. Audiotapes were available for about 60 percent of the providers. Catalogues, magazines, and other printed materials were not as abundant as books. Forty-nine percent read to children more than once daily. About half the providers reported telling stories to the children at least daily. Slightly over half sing more than once daily. (Includes a review of literature related to quality literacy environments in preschools and day care centers, an examination of elements of quality home literacy environments, and a list of suggestions for home day care providers to enhance their literacy environment. (Contains 15 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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