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Who Cares? Child Care Teaching and the Quality of Care in America

  • Author(s): Whitebook, Marcy;
  • Philipps, Deborah;
  • Howes, Carollee
  • et al.
Abstract

This landmark study explored how teaching staff and their working conditions in 225 centers affect the caliber of center-based child care available in the United States. It first brought public attention to the problem of low wages and high turnover, and children attending lower-quality centers and centers with more staff turnover were less competent in their language and social development.

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