ERIC Number: EJ757531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
A Developmental Approach to Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement: The Relation between State Regulation and NAEYC Accreditation
Apple, Peggy L.
Early Education and Development, v17 n4 p535-552 2006
Descriptive statistics were utilized to examine the relation between early childhood education and care quality indicators found in state child care regulations and the number of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data analysis provided the first empirical evidence that a relation exists between the stringency of quality indicators in state child care regulations and the number of programs involved in the NAEYC accreditation process. Based on these findings, I suggest a developmental approach to quality improvements, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. With no currently published empirical research that assists accreditation facilitation projects in explaining to funders the variations in time or levels of support needed to achieve accreditation from program to program and from state to state, this research focused on one possible explanation for these variations.
Descriptors: State Regulation, Data Analysis, Young Children, Child Care, Accreditation (Institutions), Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Program Improvement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia