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ERIC Number: ED531954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
Measuring Quality in Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care: Conceptual and Practical Issues. Research-to-Policy Connections No. 6
Maher, Erin J.
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
The contribution of family, friend, and neighbor caregivers to the overall supply of child care and the care and education of our nation's youngest children is substantial. This brief explores, for policy and other audiences, some of the issues around measuring quality in family, friend, and neighbor care. The purpose is not to provide a comprehensive review of studies addressing quality in this setting, but rather to describe some of the challenges of this effort. It discusses reasons parents' choose this care and their associated definitions of quality, distinguishing characteristics of this care, and concerns with commonly used measures not designed for use in this setting. It also highlights some new advances in the field around definitions and measurement, the need to determine usefulness and relevance of new instruments, and some practical suggestions for testing cultural appropriateness and competency. (Contains 1 endnote.)
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections. National Center for Children in Poverty, 215 West 125th Street 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 646-284-9600; Fax: 646-284-9623; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Children in Poverty