ERIC Number: EJ959582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Children's Early Child Care and Their Mothers' Later Involvement with Schools
Crosnoe, Robert; Augustine, Jennifer March; Huston, Aletha C.
Child Development, v83 n2 p758-772 Mar-Apr 2012
Theory and policy highlight the role of child care in preparing children for the transition into school. Approaching this issue in a different way, this study investigated whether children's care experiences before this transition promoted their mothers' school involvement after it, with the hypothesized mechanism for this link being the cultivation of children's social and academic skills. Analyses of 1,352 children (1 month-6 years) and parents in the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development revealed that mothers were more involved at their children's schools when children had prior histories of high-quality nonparental care. This pattern, which was fairly stable across levels of maternal education and employment, was mediated by children's academic skills and home environments.
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent School Relationship, Child Care, Parent Participation, Child Rearing, Social Development, Longitudinal Studies, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Academic Ability, Family Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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