Roberta B. Weber, Dawn Ramsburg, Julia R. Henly, Toni Porter, Diane Paulsell, Juliet Bromer

This chapter in Next Steps in the Measurement of Quality in Early Childhood Settings presents a new conceptual framework for measuring quality in family-provider relationships in early care and education settings.

The model was developed partially in response to research findings that show small but positive impacts of early care and education quality on child outcomes, suggesting that current measurements of quality may be missing some important elements. The model also arose out of the recognition that the work support aspect of early care and education arrangements has been a missing component in most definitions and conceptualizations of quality in this field.