Child Care Quality Matters: How Conclusions May Vary with Context

John M. Love, Linda Harrison, Abraham Sagi-Schwartz, Marinus H. Van Ijzendoorn, Christine Ross, Judy A. Ungerer, Helen Raikes, Christy Brady-Smith, Kimberly Boiler, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Jill Constantine, Ellen Eliason Kisker, Diane Paulsell, Rachel Chazan-Cohen

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Abstract

Three studies examined associations between early child care and child outcomes among families different from those in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Early Child Care Research Network study. Results suggest that quality is an important influence on children's development and may be an important moderator of the amount of time in care. Thus, the generalizability of the NICHD findings may hinge on the context in which those results were obtained. These studies, conducted in three national contexts, with different regulatory climates, ranges of child care quality, and a diversity of family characteristics, suggest a need for more complete estimates of how both quality and quantity of child care may influence a range of young children's developmental outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1021-1033
Number of pages13
JournalChild development
Volume74
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Love, J. M., Harrison, L., Sagi-Schwartz, A., Van Ijzendoorn, M. H., Ross, C., Ungerer, J. A., Raikes, H., Brady-Smith, C., Boiler, K., Brooks-Gunn, J., Constantine, J., Kisker, E. E., Paulsell, D., & Chazan-Cohen, R. (2003). Child Care Quality Matters: How Conclusions May Vary with Context. Child development, 74(4), 1021-1033. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8624.00584