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The Culture of Child CareAttachment, Peers, and Quality in Diverse Communities$
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Kay E. Sanders and Alison Wishard Guerra

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218089.001.0001

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Where the Children Are

Where the Children Are

Exploring Quality, Community, and Support for Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care

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(p.64) 4 Where the Children Are
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The Culture of Child Care
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Eva Marie Shivers

Flora Farago

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218089.003.0004

This chapter describes two studies examining quality of care in family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) child care settings in two separate, predominantly African American communities that examine racial socialization and attachment relationships, respectively. The findings from the two studies indicate that there appear to be differences in the characteristics and belief systems that enable low-income child care providers of color to develop and maintain optimal relationships with young children. Relying on a sociocultural theoretical lens that necessitates an exploration of specific communities’ histories as well as current political context, the chapter explicitly lists and describes implications for designing successful and culturally responsive professional development initiatives and policies that are responsive to this hard-to-reach group of providers and the families they serve.

Keywords:   family, friend, neighbor, child care, home-based, quality, early childhood education, provider, racial socialization, low-income

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