One Washer Away from Crying Myself to Sleep: Broken Economies of the Early Childhood Arena

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Title One Washer Away from Crying Myself to Sleep: Broken Economies of the Early Childhood Arena
Creator Emma Moench
Subject Neoliberalism; feminism; preschool; early childhood; private providers; High Quality School Readiness (HQSR) Grant; Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3); Utah State Board of Education; Department of Workforce Services; The Office of Childcare; Shared Services; Child Care Quality Rating System; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); leadership; broken economies; staffing crisis; MACL
Description As state and federal early childhood agencies increase their focus on expectations of high quality, many early childhood private providers are struggling to keep up with the changes. This research focused on the struggles and experiences of early childhood owners and/or directors' across the Wasatch Front. I used semi-structured interviews to understand their challenges and facilitated a 1.5-hour focus group to learn more about their aspirations within the industry. Overall, participants expressed concern about a new federal mandate to implement an early childhood quality rating system in Utah. They also expressed distress regarding increasing preschool policies. Both owners and directors held conflicting views that recognized the necessity of early childhood policies and regulations but also deemed these to be highly restrictive. The focus group became a space of discussing similar struggles amongst each other, rather than a session of shared aspirations. Participants seemed to be at a crossroads between the need for regulation and the increased monitoring of such regulations. One positive outcome of such changes involved the increase of program directors working together to prepare for upcoming Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3) observations.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2019-05
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital copyright 2019, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
ARK ark:/87278/s6x10tvc
Setname wc_ir
Date Created 2019-09-11
Date Modified 2019-09-11
ID 1456055
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