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.