ERIC Number: ED437157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
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Quality Child Care: Quality Care Does Mean Better Child Outcomes. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 2.
Clifford, Dick; Peisner-Feinberg, Ellen; Culkin, Mary; Howes, Carollee; Kagan, Sharon Lynn
This report, the second in the National Center for Early Development & Learning's (NCEDL) "Spotlight" series, is based on a summary of longitudinal results through kindergarten from the "Cost, Quality and Outcomes Study" by NCEDL. The study involved child care centers in four states and was conducted from 1993 to 1996. Researchers followed a group of children from the time they were 3 years old in preschool through the early elementary years. Data were collected on how the quality of child care experiences when the children were 3 affected their language, academic (mathematics and reading), and social skills through kindergarten. Researchers looked at two aspects of quality in the preschool year: observed classroom practices and teacher ratings of their relationship with each child. Key findings were: (1) over the 3-year period, child care quality affects children's development across the range of language, academic, and social skills; (2) the quality of child care matters for all children, with similar effects for children from a variety of backgrounds; and (3) these effects are long-term, lasting at least through kindergarten. The report includes a brief discussion of why the study was conducted and its policy implications. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.; A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.