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Determinants of Children's Satisfaction with their Child Care Providers
Early Child Development and Care
  • Ann Marie Berghout Austin, Utah State University
  • Michael K. Godfrey
  • Jean M. Larsen
  • Shelley L. Knudsen Lindauer
  • Maria C. Norton
Document Type
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Publication Date
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.
Citation Information
Determinants of Children's Satisfaction with Their Child Care Providers. Ann M. Berghout Austin, Michael K. Godfrey, Jean M. Larsen, Shelley L. Knudsen Lindauer, and Maria C. Norton, Early Child Development and Care, 1996, 115, 19-36.