Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Skip to main content

Child care changes, home environment quality, and the social competence of African American children at age 3

Recent work has demonstrated that the changes young children experience in their child care settings before age 5 may be related to subsequent development, especially social development. Several of these studies have included samples of middle-class children, with almost no emphasis on understanding these processes for low-income and/or African American children. This study examined a rural African American sample of children from birth to 3 years of age to understand not only the role of child care changes in children's social development but, in addition, the role played by children's home environment quality. Results suggested that more changes in child care up to age 3 (defined as "big changes" in provider, location, or quantity of care) were associated with lower child care provider ratings of children's social competence. Furthermore, this link appeared to be stronger for children whose home environment was of low quality. (author abstract)
Resource Type:
Reports & Papers
United States
North Carolina; Pennsylvania

Related resources include summaries, versions, measures (instruments), or other resources in which the current document plays a part. Research products funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation are related to their project records.

- You May Also Like

These resources share similarities with the current selection.

African American and Puerto Rican American parenting styles, paternal involvement, and Head Start children's social competence

Reports & Papers

Identifying and promoting social competence with African American preschool children: Developmental and contextual considerations

Reports & Papers

The family child care home environment and children's diet quality

Reports & Papers
Release: 'v1.34.0' | Built: 2023-08-18 13:26:43 EDT