Performance Improvement 2006. A Snapshot of Quality in Minnesota's Child Care Centers


This study assessed the quality of center-based care in Minnesota using environmental ratings scales and surveys with directors and classroom teachers. The study found overall quality of preschool classrooms below the “good” benchmark on the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Revised Edition. Areas of particular concern were personal care routines (health, safety, meals, toileting) and the variety and accessibility of activities (art, music, math, science). The correlates of high quality classrooms were a higher percentage of staff with Bachelor’s degrees, lower staff turnover, accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and low child-staff ratios. Directors identified resources that would be helpful for improving quality. Findings from this study can inform policy decision- making in Minnesota including identifying targets for child care quality improvement initiatives.

PIC ID: 8215; Agency Sponsor: ACF-ACYF, Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Federal Contact: Martinez-Beck, Ivelisse, 202-690-7885; Performer: Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN

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