Facts In Action
Training Model Improves Family Child Care Providers' Caregiving Skills
family child care accounted for nearly one-fifth of the child care
arrangements for children from birth to five years old in 1997 (Child
Care Arrangements for Children Under Five, Urban Institute,
March 2000), research suggests that many family child care providers
receive little or no formal training, and that training efforts
have often been piecemeal, informal, and of questionable quality.
In addition, there has been little research to examine the effects
of training programs on family child care providers, the caregiving
environment, or program quality.
study presented at the 2000 Annual Conference of the National Association
for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) sought to examine the
effects of a specific training program offered in California on
participating licensed family child care providers. The 16-hour
training series covered key concepts such as attachment, responsive
caregiving, environments, health and safety, temperament, cognitive
development, infancy, and principles of learning. The researchers
surveyed a sample of providers, asking them to describe the impact
the training had on their family child care program.
responded that the training had increased their caregiving skills
and knowledge and led to a positive impact on their sense of professionalism
and pride in their work. The greatest change providers noted
occurred in the nature of adult/child interactions and the overall
quality of their caregiving. Providers felt that they had a heightened
awareness of the developmental stages of children, and that they
adapted the caregiving environments and curriculum to encompass
more developmentally appropriate practices. In addition, providers
stated that they felt an improvement in parent/provider communication
and relationships as a result of the training.
The Effects of Training on Family Child Care Providers, J. Ishiura,
University Extension, UC Davis and WestEd, PITC, and S. Gomez, California
State University, Sacramento, paper presented at NAEYC Annual Conference,
November 11, 2000.
contact Ms. Judy Ishiura,Regional Training/Coordinator, 5400 E Street,
Sacramento, CA, 95819, firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com, or
Dr. Susan Gomez, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J
Street, Sacramento, CA, 95819-6079, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facts in Action, February 2001
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