I am currently a preschool teacher working on my masters! I am writing on the quality fo care children are getting in center based care! Below is a description of what i am working on! Any thoughts, tips, resources would be much appreciated!
The purpose of this study will be to examine further what defines quality care in center based care and how the need for profit affects that care. High numbers of children in enrollment with minimum wage teachers that may or may not have more than twelve units of education points to lower quality and higher profit. How is that affecting the children, families and teachers who in some cases are not concerned with the profit but rather the quality of care?
When i posted this last year i had just begun my journey to a Masters of Science in Early Childhood, at San Diego State University. This August 2012 i turned in my completed thesis that looked at how leadership practices affect teacher job satisfaction in a for profit child care center. I looked at this specific topic becasue when teachers are happy their is less turnover, making for higher continuity of care, which means less child behavior problems, which makes for a happier and healthier commuinty. I looked at four child care centers, two in southern California and two in Oregon.
I have been in ealry childhood for over five years and so concerned with the state of the field. I do not believe children are getting the highest quality of care becasue thier teachers are over worked, under paid, and do not have the resources to achieve high quality care for ALL CHILDREN.
Hope that brings you an clearer idea of where I am coming from!
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