ERIC Number: ED472028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Enhancement: An Overview. Program Services Papers.
North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh.
Leading a series of in-depth technical assistance papers on improving the quality in early care and education programs, this brochure is designed to help local communities consider the most effective strategies in designing and implementing programs that improve child care quality. A quality enhancement approach is taken whereby communities begin with the basic components and revise the program at certain intervals to incorporate lessons learned as well as expanded components to improve the experience for participants and provide improved fiscal responsibility. Developing a short- and long-range plan with timelines for each new quality strategy ensures a systematic implementation of program components. The brochure begins with a description of quality enhancement and illustrates how licensed facility levels and accreditation influence program quality. A 10-item annotated bibliography provides information regarding on-site consultation and the use of telephone interviews for assessing program quality. The brochure also describes lessons learned by the North Carolina Smart Start initiative, identifying early childhood activities related to children's skills upon kindergarten entry (for example, enhanced subsidies for higher child care quality or higher teacher education, and license upgrades) and activities not related to children's skills (for example, director administrative training, enrichment activities, teacher substitutes, playground safety). The basic components of quality enhancement are described: (1) joint assessment for learning environment improvement; (2) provision of extensive, on-site technical assistance; (3) planning for and implementation of professional development; and (4) license upgrades. Expanded components include: (1) substitute programs; (2) professionalism; (3) leadership development; and (4) financing and business management. The brochure concludes with a discussion of workforce issues and a presentation of data supporting quality improvement. (KB)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Change Strategies, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Program Improvement, Quality Control
North Carolina Partnership for Children, 1100 Wake Forest Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27604. Tel: 919-821-7999; Fax: 919-821-8050; Web site: http://www.ncsmartstart.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh.