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La Paro, Karen M.; Gloeckler, Lissy – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
An experience expectable environment in child care classrooms is one in which teachers consistently provide positive and nurturing interactions within daily routines and activities to enhance children's learning. Growing numbers of children are being enrolled in child care at earlier ages and staying for longer periods of time each day which is…
Descriptors: Child Care, Toddlers, Child Care Centers, Educational Quality
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Lanigan, Jane D. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2011
This study examines family child care providers' perspectives regarding effective professional development and their role in the early learning and care system. Four focus groups were conducted annually for 3 years involving a total of 54 licensed family child care providers. Supportive social relationships emerged as an important dimension of…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Total Quality Management, Program Effectiveness, Professional Development
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Hamilton, Muriel E.; Roach, Mary A.; Riley, David A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2003
Presents historical background on family participation in early care/education programs. Highlights the vision and activities of four Wisconsin Early Childhood Centers for Excellence offering family-centered services with services to young children. Illustrates various strategies used to empower parents and strengthen bonds between parents and…
Descriptors: Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Educational History