The Child Care HOME Inventories: Assessing the quality of family child care homes

Robert H. Bradley, Bettye M. Caldwell, Robert F. Corwyn

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Versions of the HOME Inventory for use in family child care homes are described. The Infant/Toddler version is designed for use when children are less than 3 years old; the Early Childhood version for children ages 3-6. Psychometric characteristics of the child care versions of HOME are similar to the psychometric characteristics found for the original HOME used to measure the family environment. Child Care HOME scores were strongly related to intensive observational measures of behavior among child care providers and to measures of physical and organizational aspects of the environment. Because the inventories take less time and training to administer than most current measures of family child care, they may provide a way for licensing workers and others responsible for maintaining quality in child care to obtain useful information about this widely used but minimally monitored form of non-parental care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-309
Number of pages16
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Child care
  • Evaluation
  • Family child care homes
  • Measurement
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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