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Associations between Provider Training and Education and Other Quality Indicators in Low-Income Children's Primary Care Arrangements at 24 Months of Age. Research Brief. Publication #2009-18.

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This brief examines how provider training and education are related to parent- and provider-reported indicators of quality in home-based and center-based care for toddlers using data from a nationally representative sample of low-income children. The research addressed three research questions: What are the demographic characteristics that distinguish low-income families who use home-based versus center-based settings as the primary arrangement for their 24-month-olds? How do quality indicators differ in center-based versus home-based settings serving low-income children at 24 months of age? How do provider training and education predict other reported markers of quality, and do these relationships differ by type of setting? The first two questions were examined using bivariate analyses. The third question was examined using structural equation modeling. The authors address differences between home-based and center-based settings by modeling the relations between provider training and education and other markers of quality in the care setting separately for the two subsamples of children in home-based and center-based care arrangements within the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study--Birth Cohort. The differences in findings across these models are discussed. A technical appendix is included. (Contains 3 tables, 6 figures and 5 footnotes.)

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Author:Halle, Tamara; Forry, Nicole; Hair, Elizabeth; Westbrook, T'Pring; Dwyer, Kathleen
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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