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ERIC Number: ED489845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 186
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-9288-9619-7
Relationships, The Heart of Quality Care: Creating Community among Adults in Early Care Settings
Baker, Amy; Manfredi-Petitt, Lynn
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Children's interactions with their special grown-ups affect everything in their lives, especially in their earliest years. And the relationships between those special people matter, too. When adult connections are caring and strong, parents, caregivers, and directors are motivated and empowered to work together to help children thrive. The book describes this concept of "relationship-based child care," what understandings and attitudes support such care, and the policies required to enact it in a center setting. High-quality family child care homes and a growing numbers of enlightened centers are already using the model. As this book's many personal stories make clear, everyone benefits from relationship-based care. This book begins with a preface and then an introduction entitled From Our Heart to Yours. Following this, the book is organized into six sections: (1) Why Relationships Matter; (2) When Caring Relationships Are Undermined; (3) Reconsidering Individual Attitudes and Behaviors; (4) Setting Policies to Meet Children's Needs; (5) Building a Caring Community around Children; and (6) Conversations of the Heart: Next Steps. A list of resources including publications, national standards, and assessment scales; and a list of organizations and websites concludes the book.
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1509 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 800-424-2460 (Toll Free); Tel: 202-232-8777; Fax: 202-234-6415; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED557977