Home-Based Programs: Recommendations to Improve Program Quality
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Recommendations for practices that strengthen early childhood programs are proposed based on findings from two studies. The Family Day Care Rating Scale is widely used to assess program quality. A total of 223 home-based programs in Missouri were observed for these studies and provide the basis for information in this recommended practices document. Items from the Environment Rating Scale that were consistently rated as below average were divided into two program components: health and safety issues and programming. Specific recommendations for improving programs are outlined.