A review of evidence based literature identified key elements of family-provider relationships in early care and education settings that could be measured in order to assess the quality of those relationships. This literature review (1) presented, compared, and contrasted current conceptualizations of family-provider relationships across fields and existing perspectives related to early care and education; (2) provided support for a conceptual model that identifies key elements of the family-provider relationship with the purpose of shaping future measure development; (3) reviewed existing literature within the framework of the proposed conceptual model; and (4) provided a summary of the reviewed research and suggestions for future research on this topic.
The aspects of relationships highlighted in the conceptual model were related to positive child and family outcomes. Also, there were no existing measures of effective provider facilitation of family-provider relationships that incorporated all of the elements posited in the conceptual model and were applicable across early care and education settings. The project will develop a new measure to fill this gap.
Report Title: Family-Provider Relationship Quality: Review of Conceptual and Empirical Literature of Family-Provider Relationships
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Nancy Margie, 202.401.5522
Performer: Child Trends, Inc.
Record ID: 9970 (November 26, 2012)