Research linking high-quality child care programs and children's cognitive development has contributed to the growing popularity of child care quality benchmarking efforts such as quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS).
Secure parent-child relationships can affect children's self-regulation, including the ability to “self-soothe” at bedtime. Sleep, in turn, may serve as a pathway linking attachment security with future emotional and behavioral problems in children.
In 2010, the California Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee recommended a structure for a voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) that could apply to the state's licensed centers and licensed family child care homes. Researchers examined fundamentals of the proposed QRIS rating scheme that could inform California's QRIS design.
Including child assessments in the design, implementation, and evaluation of quality rating and improvement systems or other quality improvement efforts could improve practice and raise care quality for early childhood education.
California has taken steps to implement components of a comprehensive professional development system for its early child education workforce. However, further advances are needed and more information is required to identify possible inefficiencies in the current system.
Researchers identify five strategies for incorporating child assessments into the design, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives designed to raise the quality of care in early care and education settings.
As California seeks to improve the quality of early care and education programs and access to them, a key consideration is the effectiveness of the state's ECE workforce professional development system.
Examine the prevalence of parent-provider discussions of family and community health risks during well-child visits and the gaps between which issues are discussed and which issues parents would like to discuss.
This book presents estimates of the cost of providing care in DoD-operated Child Development Centers(CDCs), Family Child Care (FCC) homes, and centers operated by outside providers under contract to the DoD.
In this analysis, which focuses specifically on children from birth to age 3, the authors attempt to build on previous studies by examining the role of race and ethnicity, income, and insurance status in determining access to care using new national data on access to a broad range of health and developmental services.