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ERIC Number: EJ1194191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-2332-8584
Are Parents' Ratings and Satisfaction with Preschools Related to Program Features?
Bassok, Daphna; Markowitz, Anna J.; Player, Daniel; Zagardo, Michelle
AERA Open, v4 n1 Jan-Mar 2018
This study examines whether parents' overall satisfaction with their child's early childhood education (ECE) program is correlated with a broad set of program characteristics, including (a) observational assessments of teacher-child interactions; (b) structural features of the program, such as teacher education and class size; (c) practical and convenience factors (e.g., hours, cost); and (d) a measure of average classroom learning gains. It then describes associations between parents' evaluation of specific program characteristics and externally collected measures of those features. Leveraging rich data from a sample of low-income parents whose 4-year-olds attend publicly funded ECE programs, we find little correspondence between parents' evaluations of program characteristics and any external measures of those same characteristics. We discuss policy implications, especially in light of recent federal and state informational initiatives, which aim to help families make informed ECE choices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A140069