Predicting expressive language outcomes at 35 months: the influence of home and child care quality on rural, low income children Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Adkins, Amanda Huff
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • Research has long demonstrated and established that the quality of the home and child care environment that young children experience before the age of three is related to their subsequent development. However, there is a distinct dearth of research of the influence of these environments on rural populations and rural children as much of the extant literature uses samples of more urban and suburban children and families. Data employed in this study was drawn from the Family Life Project. The Family Life Project is a longitudinal, representative study of families living in two rural, low-wealth areas in the United States. A sample of 268 children who attended child care at both 24 and 35 month time points was used for this study exploring the associations between home and child care quality and children's expressive language development at 35 months. Results suggested that the quality of the home environment was directly associated with expressive language skills. Further, after controlling for child and family demographics, and home quality, child care quality was also found to be directly associated with expressive language skills. Future research recommendations for the study of rural children's home and child care experiences and current study limitations are also discussed.
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  • Vernon-Feagans, Lynne

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