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Change in child behaviour concerns associated with childcare quality features among a sample of low-income Latino children

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Hartman, Suzanne C.; Manfra, Louis;
Date Issued: September, 2016
Description: This study explored the relation between childcare quality (staff-child ratio and staff-child interactions) and behavioural development between the beginning and the end of the childcare year among a sample of 44 low-income Latino four-year-olds in 14 childcare programmes. Neither staff-child ratio nor staff-child interactions were related to children's behaviour at the beginning of the childcare year. Further, staff-child ratio was not significantly related to changes between the beginning and the end of the childcare year in children's behaviour skills. However, staff-child interactions characterised as warm and involving direct instruction related to the development of positive social skills (e.g. taking turns, solving peer conflicts) were significantly associated with decreases in children's behaviour concerns from the beginning to the end of the childcare year. Staff-child interactions characterised negatively (e.g. overly controlling, strict scheduling) were also associated with decreases in children's behaviour concerns. Implications for improving behaviour skills of low-income Latino children by adjusting non-familial childcare features and measurement of childcare features are discussed. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe ; Children's Trust (Miami-Dade County (Fla.))
Journal Title: Early Child Development and Care
Volume Number: 186
Issue Number: 9
Page Range: 1378-1391
Note: This resource is based on data from the Miami-Dade School Readiness Project
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Characteristics > Race/Ethnicity

Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Behavior/Social & Emotional Development/Socialization

Child Care & Early Education Quality
Country: United States
ISSN: 1476-8275 Online
0300-4430 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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