Ed. Note: This post originally appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.
Approximately 60 percent of children 5 years of age and under regularly participate in non-parental childcare arrangements in early care and education settings. Research indicates that the relationship between the early child care provider/teacher and the parent can contribute to a child’s school readiness as well as improve parent-child relationships and parental self-efficacy.
Under contract to ACF’s Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Child Trends and Westat have developed five new self-administered measures on the quality of these relationships.
- Director measure
- Provider/teacher measure
- Parent measure
- Family services staff (FSS) measure
- FSS parent measure
These measures include all of the elements research suggests are associated with effective provider/teacher facilitation of relationships with families and positive family and child outcomes. They were developed for use in most early care and education settings, including center-based programs, Head Start/Early Head Start, and family child care, as well as for racially and economically diverse populations. All but the first one are available in both English and Spanish.
The development of these measures included a literature review, development of a conceptual model, expert consultation, focus groups, a review of current measures, intensive item development, and pilot and field studies.
A User’s Manual provides not only practical information related to administration and scoring but also considers how to use these tools to inform policy, practice and research.
Laura Hoard, Ph.D., Senior Social Science Research Analyst, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation