the important inputs for a quality child care environment. It is important to determine whether consumers are even knowledgeable about the research evidence on these issues. In this context, two major concerns were raised. First, absent consumer pressure to ensure that more child care providers offer children the inputs that research shows to be important, there is little incentive for providers to offer such inputs or for policy makers to expand access to these features of care. Second, there is a tension between an interest that some have in educating consumers about the value of regulated dimensions of care and of provider training, and a concern that, absent access to arrangements that correspond to research-based perceptions of good care, consumer education may foster anxiety. Others noted, however, that educated and perhaps anxious consumers are most likely to call for changes in the child care market.



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