Title

Determinants of Children's Satisfaction with their Child Care Providers

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Early Child Development and Care

Volume

115

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Publication Date

1996

First Page

19

Last Page

36

DOI

10.1080/0300443961150103

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess children's satisfaction in alternative child care utilizing the Child Care Game Assessment (CCGA), a child interview tool developed by Godfrey (1992). Seventy‐seven children (38 girls and 39 boys) ranging in age from 3 years 11 months to 6 years 1 month (mean = 4 years 5 months) participated in this study. The children attended one of six child care centers randomly selected for study. Although child care centers varied according to scores on the ECERS, children's expressions of satisfaction regarding teacher interactions were not related to quality of child care. Rather, children were more positive about teacher interactions in the day care center when maternal responses on PSI Life Stress Scale (Abidin, 1986) indicated fewer recent life stress events for the family. Additionally, higher maternal education levels predicted more positive child perceptions of teacher interactions. Poorer classroom adjustment predicted more negative child perceptions of teacher interactions.