Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How Do We Define and Measure Quality in Home-Based Care Settings?

01/01/2012

Researchers explored the importance of designing and evaluating quality measures for home-based settings, and the unique characteristics and variability of home-based care including mixed age groups, supports for parents, and different provider characteristics.

Fifty-seven percent of children under age six who were in non-parental care were cared for in a home, whether that of a relative or a non-relative provider. The continuing expansion in home-based care quality measures must keep up with the rapidly-growing research base on aspects of early development that appear to be linked to children's long-term social and academic success.

Report Title: Defining and Measuring Quality in Home-Based Care Settings http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_technical/reports/define_measures.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, 202-690-7885
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9772 (Report completed December 15, 2010)

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