McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Publications

Document Type

Executive Summary

Publication Date

Winter 12-10-2009


Research has demonstrated that center-based early childhood programs that have sound administrative practices are more apt to promote high-quality learning environments and positive development outcomes for children. There is a growing concensus that sound business practices are equally important in family child care settings. While there are several instruments that measure the quality of provider-child interactions and the quality of the learning environment in family child care, there has not been a valid and reliable measure of business and professional practices of family child care. With this in mind, the Business Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) was developed to measure and improve this important dimension of family child care quality. This Research Notes summarizes the findings of a 2008 reliability and validity study of the BAS using a rational sample of family child care providers.

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