Voices of child care providers: an exploratory study on the impact of policy changes

Child Care Providers

In debates about child care and early education, the voices of providers are often missing. Voices of child care providers: an exploratory study on the impact of policy changes document findings from a study on child care provider perspectives on how regulation and policy changes impact their work.Researchers used interviews and focus groups with home-based providers and center-based administrators in New York, United States counties. Several themes emerged, including:

  • the undervaluation of child care providers;
  • challenges faced by providers and the parents of the children they serve;
  • regulatory disconnect; and
  • discretionary implementation of laws and regulations.

Findings from the study suggest that, excluding input from providers when creating policy, may have unforeseen and even harmful results.