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Caring for America's Children (1991)


Suggested Citation:"PANEL ON CHILD CARE QUALITY." National Research Council. 1991. Caring for America's Children. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1839.


John Palmer (Chair),

The Maxwell School Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

J. Lawrence Aber,

Department of Psychology, Barnard College

Robert N. Beck,

Bank of America, San Francisco, Calif.

Barbara Bowman,

Erickson Institute, Chicago, Ill.

Andrew Cherlin,

Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

Judith F. Dunn.

Department of Individual and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Robert LeVine,

Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

Eleanor E. Maccoby,

Department of Psychology, Stanford University

Ruth Massinga,

Casey Family Program, Seattle, Wash.

Rebecca A. Maynard,

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, N.J.

Richard Nelson,

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Harriet Presser,

Department of Sociology, University of Maryland

June S. Sale,

UCLA Child Care Services, Los Angeles, Calif.

Anne R. Sanford,

Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jack P. Shonkoff,

Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Eugene Smolensky,

Graduate School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Albert J. Solnit (Ex-Officio,

Board on Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine, Institute of Medicine), Child Study Center, Yale University

Margaret B. Spencer,

Division of Educational Studies, Emory University

John J. Sweeney,

Services Employees International Union, AFL/CIO and CLC, Washington, D.C.

Cheryl D. Hayes, Study Director

Brigid O'Farrell, Senior Research Associate

Martha J. Zaslow, Senior Research Associate/Consultant

Patricia N. Marks, Research Associate

April Brayfield, Statistical Consultant

Michelle Daniels, Administrative Secretary

Suggested Citation:"PANEL ON CHILD CARE QUALITY." National Research Council. 1991. Caring for America's Children. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1839.
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Do child care centers and family day care homes provide quality care for the children they serve? Do parents know how to identify quality when selecting a center or family home for their children?

This easy-to-read, accessible booklet provides an overview of what constitutes quality in out-of-home care. Based on the National Research Council's detailed examination of child development and child care, Who Cares for America's Children,this booklet provides practical guidance for parents, child care providers, and policymakers. It highlights what to look for in a center or family day care home, presents what researchers and experts know about the best settings for children, and suggests what characteristics of quality care are amenable to standards or regulations.

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