Smart Start Caregiver Interaction Scale


This 26-item rating scale evaluates the behavior of child care providers in their interactions with children. The scale includes items that measure sensitivity, harshness, detachment, and permissiveness. We used this scale in the 1997 child care center study and in the 1998 family child care study. Many other child care quality studies at FPG have utilized this scale also including the Cost, Quality and Child Outcomes Study. 

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