A multinational investigation of quality of day care centers

Massari G., Alat Z. , Karabay Ş. , Miron F. M. , Mesquita C., Vasques C., ...Daha Fazla

4th International Conference on Teacher Education (INCTE), Braga, Portekiz, 3 - 04 Mayıs 2019, cilt.0, no.0, ss.472-481

  • Cilt numarası: 0
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Braga
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Portekiz
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.472-481


Finding a quality program for care and education of their infants and toddlers is a major concern especially for parents who are employed full time. Provision of quality 0-3 programs also plays an important role in protecting children at risk when parents lack resources for child care, and in efforts to bring preventive measures to children of families living in disadvantaged communities. Quality, accessible, and affordable early care and education for very young children cultivates their cognitive, language, social, emotional, and, if a rich nutrition and education program accompanies, their physical development. With this understanding in mind, this study was aimed to investigate the quality of infant and toddler programs in countries, including Romania, Latvia, Portugal, and Turkey. Data was collected using an observation tool, Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale which focuses on the dimensions of space and furnishings personal care routines, listening and talking, activities, interaction, program structure, and parents and staff. In this paper, the ongoing data collection process was described and how it would be used to reveal national and international differences and commonalities that would shed light on upcoming stages of the project in which the researchers would focus on writing a handbook for teachers and developing a teacher training course.