Child care quarterly

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 45-58

First online:

Early childhood staff attitudes toward their parent clientele

  • Susan KontosAffiliated withIowa State University
  • , Helen RaikesAffiliated withIowa State University
  • , Alice WoodsAffiliated withIowa State University

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The attitudes of 236 early childhood staff toward the childrearing practices of their parent clientele were assessed. A 30-item questionnaire with three response formats was used. The data confirmed the hypothesis that there is a significant difference between staff ratings of good parenting practices and ratings of their own center parents' childrearing practices. However, staff members indicated that they thought their center parents were doing a better job at childrearing than most American parents today.