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

Kay E. Sanders and Alison Wishard Guerra


This book investigates whether the former articulations accepted by the early childhood canon regarding definitions of quality, models of relationship outside the home, and peer relations in the child care context are accurate and relevant within the increasingly racially, linguistically, and ethnically diverse society of the United States. The contributing authors discuss the central questions from diverse perspectives and the totality challenge assumptions about long-standing notions pertaining to early care and education. Carollee Howes provides the theoretical framework for this volume in ... More

Keywords: preschool, responsive teaching, child care quality, peer play, attachment, teacher–child relationship, ethnic minority, dual-language-learner, sociocultural context, mixed method

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190218089
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kay E. Sanders, editor
Associate Professor of Education and Child Development, Whittier College

Alison Wishard Guerra, editor
Associate Professor, Education Studies, University of California, San Diego

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Part I Laying the Groundwork: Connecting Social–Cultural Context, Teacher–Child Attachment, and Peer Relations in Child Care

1 Children and Child Care

Carollee Howes

Part II Quality and Context in an Ethnically Diverse Society

4 Where the Children Are

Eva Marie Shivers and Flora Farago

Part III Relationships in Child Care: Beyond Risk and into Resilience

5 The Fourth “R”

Jennifer A. Vu

Part IV Peer Interaction as a Cultural Practice in Early Childhood

8 Playing Pretend and Ready to Learn

Alison Wishard Guerra

9 The First Peers

Nora Obregon

10 Preschool Peer Play Interactions, a Developmental Context for Learning for ALL Children

Rebecca J. Bulotsky Shearer, Christine M. McWayne, Julia L. Mendez, and Patricia H. Manz

Part V Methodological Implications for Applied Research on Child Care as a Context for Early Childhood Development

Part VI Conclusion and Commentary

14 Concluding Commentary

Kay E. Sanders and Alison Wishard Guerra

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