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This study explores the implementation of one provision of the Military Child Care Act of 1989. The MCCA aims to improve the availability and quality of child care services in the military. It also seeks to standardize the delivery and quality of care across installations and military services. Most changes focus on staffing, training, compensation, and funding, but one provision requires that at least 50 military child development centers (CDCs) be accredited in accordance with the standards of a national accrediting body for early childhood programs. This report analyzes the accreditation process, professionalism, and interactions; explores the perceived effect of accreditation on child outcomes; and assesses the incremental value of accreditation over the benefits associated with DoD certification of CDCs.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1


  • Chapter 2

    Study Design and Methodology

  • Chapter 3

    The Accreditation Process

  • Chapter 4

    Effects of Accreditation

  • Chapter 5


  • Chapter 6


  • Appendix

    The Military Child Care Act of 1989

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