Journal article

The selection of ECEC programs by Australian families: Quality, availability, usage and family demographics

Dan Cloney, Collette Tayler, John Hattie, Gordon Cleveland, Ray Adams

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

HIGH-QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD education and care (ECEC) programs have the potential to ameliorate socioeconomic status (SES) gradients. In the Australian ECEC market, however, there is no guarantee that children from low SES backgrounds access high-quality ECEC programs. This study tested the influence of family SES on the selection of ECEC program quality. Participants were 2494 children enrolled in up to 1427 ECEC classrooms (mean age at entry = 43 months, SD = eight months). The study controlled for a range of child, family, home and community-level background factors. Both cross-sectional (linear regression) and longitudinal (growth models) methods are used. The study confirmed that child..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

E4Kids is a project of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne and is conducted in partnership with Queensland University of Technology. E4Kids is funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme (Grant LP0990200), the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training and the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training. E4Kids is conducted with academic collaboration with the University of Toronto at Scarborough; the Institute of Education, The University of London; and the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.