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February 02, 2009

Briefly Stated No. 09-02, January 2009:

Quality Matters - Assessing the quality of early care settings in Cuyahoga County

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This document summarizes recent research which investigates the effects of County programs which promote increased capactiy and quality in the region's childcare.

Using data from 177 pre-school classrooms, this study was undertaken to assess the level of quality in regulated early care and education settings in and around Cleveland, Ohio.

The quality of care in settings serving young children is a crucial concern in policy and practice circles as we seek ways to promote child development. This study examined the structural and contextual factors associated with high quality care and was designed to inform a community-wide initiative focused on child well-being and school readiness.

The administrative data suggest that the quality in family child care in Cuyahoga County has shown an upward trend in recent years.

Funding for this research was provided by the Cuyahoga Board of County Commissioners through Invest in Children/Office of Early Childhood.

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