The Effect of Community Distress on Quality of Childcare in Low-Income Populations
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This study examined quality of childcare and the effects of ecological factors on the quality of childcare in low-income populations. Quality of care was measured using child observation in the caregiver setting, a global assessment of the interactions between caregiver and child, and a brief child interview that explores the child's interpretations of his experience in childcare. Ecological factors studied were percentage of occupied houses, percentage of owner occupied houses, and the percent of gross income spent on rent in the zip code of the participant's residence. Participants of the study were 83 low income working women with at least one child between the ages of3 and 5 who used childcare. The results of this study will be distributed to policymakers and scholars to further the study of low-income populations and the quality of childcare that they receive.