Child care quality matters: how conclusions vary with context

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

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    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
    Pages (from-to)1021-1033
    Number of pages13
    JournalChild Development
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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