Parent perspectives on their toddlers' development

Comparison of regular and inclusion childcare

Aubyn Stahmer, Cynthia Carter, Mary Baker, Kari Miwa

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Abstract

A growing number of community childcare programs are including children with developmental disabilities. While some studies have explored the effects of inclusion for preschool and school-age children without disabilities, there is little knowledge about inclusion for typically developing toddlers enrolled in such programs or about parent attitudes regarding inclusion. In this study, parent perceptions of the benefits and limitations of their child's toddler program (inclusion or typical) were assessed. Parents from both programs gave comparable responses to a semi-structured survey with regard to changes in their child's development and parental level of satisfaction. Parent feedback from the inclusion childcare program also provided insight into the advantages of an inclusion program. These findings suggest that there is little differentiation between inclusion programs and regular childcare programs in providing a quality experience for all children, but that there may be additional benefits to enrolling children without disabilities into inclusion programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-488
Number of pages12
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume173
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Inclusion
  • Parent perceptions
  • Toddler development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics

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Parent perspectives on their toddlers' development : Comparison of regular and inclusion childcare. / Stahmer, Aubyn; Carter, Cynthia; Baker, Mary; Miwa, Kari.

In: Early Child Development and Care, Vol. 173, No. 5, 01.12.2003, p. 477-488.

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