ERIC Number: ED427882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The NICHD Study of Early Child Care.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care has enrolled more than 1,300 children and followed most of them through the first 7 years of their lives to determine how variations in child care are related to their development. This booklet describes the study and its findings. Findings are divided into four main categories. The first set of descriptive findings paints a picture of the care that children in the NICHD study are receiving. This includes a look at the "regulable" characteristics of care, such as the adult to child ratio, the patterns of care used during the first year of life, and child care for children in poverty. Other categories include the role of family for children in child care, child care and its relationship to children's development, and child care and children's relationship with their mothers. Within these categories are findings related to the extent to which child care experiences are associated with different developmental outcomes for low-income children compared to more affluent children, and for minority children compared to white non-Hispanic children. There are also comparisons of current and past child care experiences as predictors of children's performance or mother-child interaction. Main findings of the study include that in general, family characteristics and the quality of the mother's relationship with the child were stronger predictors of children's development than child care factors, but that some child care characteristics or experiences do contribute slightly but significantly to children's development. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.