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ERIC Number: EJ770793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Parent Perspectives on Their Toddlers' Development: Comparison of Regular and Inclusion Childcare
Stahmer, Aubyn C.; Carter, Cynthia; Baker, Mary; Miwa, Kari
Early Child Development and Care, v173 n5 p477-488 Oct 2003
A growing number of community childcare programs are including children with developmental disabilities. While some studies have explored the effects of inclusion for preschool and school-age children without disabilities, there is little knowledge about inclusion for typically developing toddlers enrolled in such programs or about parent attitudes regarding inclusion. In this study, parent perceptions of the benefits and limitations of their child's toddler program (inclusion or typical) were assessed. Parents from both programs gave comparable responses to a semi-structured survey with regard to changes in their child's development and parental level of satisfaction. Parent feedback from the inclusion childcare program also provided insight into the advantages of an inclusion program. These findings suggest that there is little differentiation between inclusion programs and regular childcare programs in providing a quality experience for all children, but that there may be additional benefits to enrolling children without disabilities into inclusion programs. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California