Child Care Quality: Does It Matter and Does It Need to be Improved? (Full Report). Table 12

05/24/2000

Feature No. Mean SD Minimum Maximum Recommended Level Classes Meeting Recommended Level, %
TABLE 12 Descriptive Statistics for Child Care Standards at Four Ages: NICHD Study of Early Child Care
6 months
Child-staff ratio 97 4.26 2.31 0.81 15.06 3 36
Observed group size 97 7.86 4.05 1.63 30.13 6 35
Caregiver training 97 1.70 1.55 0.00 4.00 2 56
Caregiver education 97 2.97 1.07 1.00 6.00 3 65
15 months
Child-staff ratio 118 4.14 1.30 1.50 7.88 3 20
Observed group size 118 8.53 3.28 2.38 23.38 6 25
Caregiver training 118 1.64 1.38 0.00 4.00 2 60
Caregiver education 118 2.89 0.89 1.00 5.00 3 69
24 months
Child-staff ratio 163 5.22 1.70 1.68 10.95 4 26
Observed group size 163 10.66 4.78 3.38 37.75 8 28
Caregiver training 163 1.84 1.37 0.00 4.00 2 65
Caregiver education 163 3.06 0.86 1.00 5.00 3 77
36 months
Child-staff ratio 250 6.98 2.32 1.92 14.90 7 56
Observed group size 250 13.20 4.63 3.50 32.63 14 63
Caregiver training 250 2.10 1.33 0.00 4.00 2 75
Caregiver education 250 3.24 0.91 1.00 6.00 3 80
Source:  NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 1999, “Child Outcomes When Child Care Center Classes Meet Recommended Standards of Quality,” American Journal of Public Health 89: 1072–1077, Table 1.

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