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ERIC Number: ED434725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-24
Pages: 74
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Study of the Factors Influencing Child's Development in Day Care Center: Developing Strategies for High-Quality Program.
Lee, Minjung
Noting that day care is a tangible facet of American family life, this paper examines the essential components of quality child care, presents strategies for improving child care quality, and discusses social policies and issues related to quality child care. The paper first examines six criteria, proposed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), for judging day care quality: (1) staff-child ratios; (2) group size; (3) caregiver qualifications; (4) caregiver stability and continuity; (5) structure and content of daily activities; and (6) space and facilities. To determine the effect of day care on young children, researchers examine progress in verbal, cognitive, and social skills, and appropriate achievement in emotional and physical health. Reviewing the literature, the paper finds that early childhood educators are concerned with the intellectual, physical, and social aspects of child development as a result of day care. The paper then details strategies for improving the quality of child care: (1) supporting low-income children and families; (2) training of child care staff; (3) accreditation of model programs; (4) fiscal regulations; (5) licensing regulation; and (6) child care information and referral. To achieve quality day care, the paper offers the following recommendations: (1) increased federal financial subsidies for low-income families; (2) upgraded compensation and training of child care staff; (3) state and local standards for child care quality; and (4) expansion of resource and referral services. Contains 78 references. (LBT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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