ERIC Number: ED438897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Regulations, Quality Care Rarely Match. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 19.
Gallagher, James; Rooney, Robin; Campbell, Susan
This research brief summarizes a study of rules and regulations for center-based care and offers discussion and recommendations based on findings. The study analyzed the rules and regulations for center-based care from four states for the Cost, Quality and Outcomes Study (California, Colorado, Connecticut, and North Carolina). Investigators developed and applied rubrics to compare policies with recommended practices in the areas of structure, operations, personnel, and context. Researchers did a separate analysis comparing regulations for protecting the child versus regulations for enhancing child development. Across the four states, policies set higher standards for child protection than for enhancement of development. The study concluded that such regulations support the image of child care programs being as a "safe haven" rather than for "developmental enhancement," and that the limited requirements for child care personnel and for community interaction also encourage that image. The brief asserts that these minimum standards departed substantially from professional judgments about what is needed in child care settings, and recommends that the lowest standards be eliminated, more precise language be used by regulators, and developmental enhancement be emphasized. (EV)
Descriptors: Day Care, Day Care Centers, Day Care Effects, Early Childhood Education, Standards, State Regulation
NCEDL, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. For full text: http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~ncedl/PDFs/spot10.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.