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ERIC Number: EJ1147459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Opportunities to Practice What Is Locally Valued: An Ecocultural Perspective on Quality in Family Child Care Homes
Tonyan, Holli A.
Early Education and Development, v28 n6 p727-744 2017
Research Findings: Drawing from cultural approaches to human development (Rogoff, 2003; Weisner, 2002, 2005) and cognition (Quinn & Holland, 1987), this article presents a working model and theory of change for quality in family child care by defining quality as the alignment of children's opportunities for learning and development with locally relevant ideals or cultural models. Providers--as the people responsible for organizing children's day-to-day activity--are conceptualized as the agents of change, and daily routine activities are the primary targets for quality improvement efforts. Sustainability, or how much daily routines fit with the conditions and meaning for participants in a setting, is hypothesized to moderate the impact of experiences in family child care on children's long-term development. Each component of the model is presented with supporting evidence from published and pilot research. Practice or Policy: Quality ratings capturing alignment between what is valued and done can better incorporate diversity in stakeholders' ideas about what matters for children and can offer parents and providers more descriptive information about quality and how to maintain or improve it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (DHHS/NIH), Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Program
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 90YE0153; P20MD003938