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Examining quality in a family child care network: An evaluation of All Our Kin

This study focuses on the quality of care offered by family child care providers in All Our Kin (AOK), a nationally-recognized model for improving family child care quality. Established in 1999 in New Haven, Connecticut, AOK uses a high-touch model to support providers across a continuum that extends from family, friend and neighbor caregivers who seek to become licensed, and newly licensed providers who need assistance to establish their programs, to experienced family child care providers who want to enhance their education and professional development. The centerpiece of AOK's model is its family child care network, which offers a variety of activities including intensive consultation, monthly meetings, trainings, Child Development Associate (CDA) credential coursework and scholarships, and an annual conference. Using a quasi-experimental design with 28 AOK network members and 20 family child care providers outside of AOK's service areas who had had no contact with AOK, the study sought to examine two questions: (1) How does the quality of care that AOK family child care providers offer compare to the quality of care of family child care providers who are not affiliated with AOK?, and (2) What provider characteristics are associated with quality? (author abstracts)
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United States

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