Iowa Child Care Characteristics and Quality: Executive Summary
The Midwest Child Care Research Consortium conducted a study of child care quality and characteristics of the child care work force in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. The purposes of this work were to help states establish a baseline for tracking 1) quality over time, 2) initiatives related to training, 3) policy and/or regulation changes, and 4) other changes in the child care system that may occur. The measures look beyond Iowa child care licensing standards. Rather, using research-based measures of quality, they assess the extent to which quality indicators are present among the child care settings and in the work force. The current study included a telephone survey of 2022 randomly selected Midwestern child care providers (408 from Iowa), conducted during late spring and summer of 2001 by the Gallup Organization, and follow-up in-depth observations of 365 providers (74 from Iowa), conducted by four Midwestern state universities.
This is the executive summary of the Iowa report of the Midwest Child Care Research Consortium (2003): 11 pp.