Defining and measuring the quality of early learning and child care : a literature review.: Em20-131/2019E-PDF

"Compiling more than 30 years of research, the evidence has made it clear that there is a positive relationship between early learning and child care (ELCC) experiences and children’s development. However, the beneficial effect of child care on child development cannot only be explained by whether or not children attend child care; it is rather the specific characteristics of child care settings that foster or hinder child development. To date, the quality of the ELCC has been the most recognized and consistent determining factor on child outcomes. Unfortunately, ELCC quality has received minimal attention in the Canadian landscape. As a first step in achieving high‑quality ELCC, this literature review aims to inform policy and practice by providing a definition of quality, and how it is measured in the ELCC context. The analysis will help lay the foundation to develop common and consistent quality indicators of ELCC services in partnership with provinces and territories"--Abstract, page 1.

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Department/Agency Canada. Employment and Social Development Canada.
Title Defining and measuring the quality of early learning and child care : a literature review.
Publication type Monograph
Language [English]
Other language editions [French]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Title from cover.
Issued also in HTML format.
Issued also in French under title: Définir et mesurer la qualité des services d'apprentissage et de garde des jeunes enfants : une revue de la littérature.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 20-28).
Publishing information [Gatineau, QC] : Employment and Social Development Canada = Emploi et développement social Canada, [2019]
Description 1 online resource (30 pages)
ISBN 9780660315126
Catalogue number
  • Em20-131/2019E-PDF
Departmental catalogue number SP-1211-06-19E
Subject terms Child care
Preschool education
Quality standards
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