The Culture of Child Care: Attachment, Peers, and Quality in Diverse Communities

Hardcover | April 22, 2016

EditorKay E. Sanders, Alison Wishard Guerra

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As societies are experiencing increasing levels of immigration from contexts outside of the Western, industrialized world, child care programs are experiencing, simultaneously, increasing diversity in enrollment. A question that has been raised by early childhood advocates and practitioners iswhether the former articulations regarding definitions of quality, models of relationships, and peer relations in the child care context are accurate and relevant within the increasing racial, linguistic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.The Culture of Child Care provides a much-needed integration of research pertaining to crucial aspects of early childhood development - attachment in non-familial contexts, peer relations among ethnically and linguistically diverse children, and the developmental importance of child care contextsduring early childhood. This volume highlights the interconnections between these three distinct bodies of research and crosses disciplinary boundaries by linking psychological and educational theories to the improvement of young children's development and experiences within child care. Theimportance of cultural diversity in early childhood is widely acknowledged and discussed, but up until now, there has been little substantive work with a cultural focus on today's educational and early child care settings. This innovative volume will be a unique resource for a wide range of earlychildhood professionals including basic and applied developmental researchers, early childhood educators and advocates, and policymakers.

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As societies are experiencing increasing levels of immigration from contexts outside of the Western, industrialized world, child care programs are experiencing, simultaneously, increasing diversity in enrollment. A question that has been raised by early childhood advocates and practitioners iswhether the former articulations regarding ...

Kay Sanders, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Child Development at Whittier College. Dr. Sanders' research examines cultural and racial socialization practices in community-based child care programs. In particular, she examines how racial/ethnic socialization in child care programs contributes to child care quality, relationships, and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 22, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the EditorsContributorsPart I: Laying the Groundwork: Connecting Social-Cultural Context, Teacher-Child Attachment, and Peer Relations in Child Care1. Carollee Howes: Children and child care: A theory of relationships within cultural communitiesPart II. Quality and Context in an Ethnically Diverse Society2. Sadie L. Hasbrouck and Robert Pianta: Understanding child care quality and implications for dual language learners3. Kay E. Sanders: "But Mommy doesn't do it like that": Considering cultural congruency between home and child care in the development of African American children4. Eva Shivers and Flora Farago: Where the children are: Exploring quality, community, and support for family, friend and neighbor child carePart III. Relationships in Child Care: Beyond Risk and into Resilience5. Jennifer A. Vu: The fourth 'R': Relationships, shifting from risk to resilience6. Tom Weisner: Relationships and social trust in early childhood programs: The importance of context and mixed methodsPart IV. Peer Interaction as a Cultural Practice in Early Childhood7. Linda Lee: Young children's peer relations with cross-ethnic peers: Implications, limitations, and future directions8. Alison Wishard Guerra: Playing pretend and ready to learn: Peer play as a scaffold for development among low-income Latino children9. Nora Obregon: The first peers: Sibling play interactions across African American, Latino and Asian childhoods10. Rebecca J. Bulotsky Shearer, Christine M. McWayne, Julia L. Mendez, and Patricia H. Manz: Preschool peer play interactions, a developmental context for learning for ALL children: Rethinking issues of equity and opportunityPart V: Methodological Implications for Applied Research on Child Care as a Context for Early Childhood Development11. Margaret Burchinal: Large-scale evaluations of child care as a context for development: Implications for research and practice12. Allison Sidle Fuligni: Observation and interview methodology in ethnically diverse contexts: Methods and measurement of the contexts of early childhood developmentPart VI: Conclusion and Commentary13. Karen Hill Scott: Putting the horse before the cart: Why diversity must be at the forefront of early education policy, and not remain a tagline on the back of the policy wagon14. Kay E. Sanders and Alison Wishard Guerra: Concluding commentary: The long and winding road towards a culture of excellence in early care and educationIndex