The papers in this special issue reflect the current status of research on the association between quality of care and children's adjustment while pointing toward a new generation of questions that have risen to prominence in the minds of both researchers and policymakers. Specifically, having established that high quality is associated with superior outcomes, researchers must now consider:
*How quality can best be measured;
*Whether the relationship is causal, with quality promoting better adjustment;
*Whether the association is a linear function;
*How strong the association is, and from a pragmatic point of view, and
*Whether the association is strong enough to merit continuing investments in quality.
All of the articles in this special issue elucidate these issues and demonstrate that quality of child care is a salient and statistically significant modulator and moderator of the associations between type of care and child development.
Volume 4, Number 3, 2000
Contents: M.E. Lamb, Guest Editorial: The Effects of Quality of Care on Child Development. A. Clarke-Stewart, Characteristics and Quality of Child Care for Toddlers and Preschoolers: NICHD Early Child Care Research Network. D.M. Blau, The Production of Quality in Child Care Centers: Another Look. M.R. Burchinal, E. Peisner-Feinberg, D.M. Bryant, R. Clifford, Children's Social and Cognitive Development and Child Care Quality: Testing for Differential Associations Related to Poverty, Gender, or Ethnicity. J.J. Campbell, M.E. Lamb, C.P. Hwang, Early Child Care Experiences and Children's Social Competence Between 1.5 and 15 Years of Age.