Classroom quality in infant and toddler classrooms: impact of age and programme type
This study examined differences in classroom quality, assessed by the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ITERS-R), in 287 infant and 479 toddler classrooms. Classroom quality was compared across classroom age group (infant compared to toddler classrooms) as well as across programme type (for-profit compared to not-for-profit programmes). Classroom quality was assessed using four ITERS-R factors identified in previous research, including Materials/Activities, Safety/Organization, Language/Interactions, and Parents/Staff factor scores. Results indicate that infant classrooms scored higher on the Safety/Organization and Language/Interactions factors than toddler classrooms, and toddler classrooms scored higher on Materials/Activities than infant classrooms. Classrooms in not-for-profit programmes scored higher on Safety/Organization and Parents/Staff factors. Differences in Safety/Organization, Language/Interactions, and Parents/Staff factor scores were found based on teachers’ education, and teachers’ experience in the programme was positively related to scores on the Language/Interactions factor. Implications regarding the provision of high-quality classroom environments for infants and toddlers in both programme types are discussed.
Childhood Education and Family Studies
infant and toddler care, classroom age group, programme type, classroom quality
King, Elizabeth K., Rebekah C. Pierro, Jiayao Li, Mary Lee Porterfield, and Lia Rucker. "Classroom quality in infant and toddler classrooms: impact of age and programme type." Early Child Development and Care 186, no. 11 (2016): 1821-1835.
Early Child Development and Care