4th International Conference on Teacher Education (INCTE), Braga, Portekiz, 3 - 04 Mayıs 2019, cilt.0, no.0, ss.464-471
Long-term benefits of early childhood education and care on children’s cognitive and social-emotional development, adjustment to school and academic achievements, future careers, and adjustment in adult life, especially for those from disadvantaged communities, have been well documented by research. However, desired outcomes of early education would only come into effect provided that educational programs meet the criteria of quality. Although there are many dimensions of quality education and care, three appear to be overarching: quality of physical environments and educational activities, affordability, and accessibility. The aim of this multinational research is to explore the quality of preschool and kindergarten programs. For this purpose, Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised, which looks into seven dimensions including space and furnishings, personal care routines, language-reasoning, activities, interactions, program structure, and parents and staff, was used to collect data in pre-k programs of Romania, Latvia, Portugal, and Turkey. Analysis of the data is made in a way to make both national and international comparisons. Based on the findings, the teacher training stage of the project will be structured.