Children's Play in Child Care Settings

Edited by Hillel Goelman & Ellen Vineberg Jacobs

Subjects: Family Studies
Series: SUNY series, Children's Play in Society
Paperback : 9780791416983, 234 pages, February 1994
Hardcover : 9780791416976, 234 pages, February 1994

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Table of contents

Ellen Vineberg Jacobs

1. Adult Socialization of Children's Play in Child Care
Carollee Howes and Darlene Clemente

2. Peer Play and Nonparental Care Experiences
Michael E. Lamb, Kathleen J. Sternberg, Nan Knuth, Carl Philip Hwang, and Anders G. Brosberg

3. Family Dynamics and Day Care Children's Peer Group Participation
Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Josephine A. Bright, and Nancy Beth Riegraf

4. Infant Day Care Facilities Later Social Behavior and School Performance
Tiffany M. Field

5. The Relationship of Child-Care Quality and Play to Social Behavior in the Kindergarten
Ellen Vineberg Jacobs and Donna Romano White

6. Dramatic Play in Day Care: What Happens When Doctors, Cooks, Bakers, Pirates and Pharmacists Invade the Classroom?
Nina Howe, Lora Moler, and Bette Chambers

7. Play, Story-song, and Eating Times in Child Care: Caregiver Responses to Toddlers and Three
Donna S. Wittmer and Alice S. Honig

8. The Play Behaviors of Special Needs Children in Integrated and Non-integrated Child-Care Settings
Eliana Tobias

9. Social and Non-Social Play of Infants and Toddlers in Family Day Care
Miriam K. Rosenthal

10. Play, Talk, Literacy and the Ecology of Family Day Care
Hillel Goelman and Alan R. Pence

11. Conclusion: Emerging Ecological Perspectives on Play and Child Care
Hillel Goelman



How do children play in different kinds of child care settings? How do child care environments influence their play? How do special-needs children play in integrated and in segregated child care settings? How do adults influence play in child care environments? And what are the long term effects of children's play in child care? These are among the questions addressed by the psychologists and educators who have contributed to this book.

Researchers will find Children's Play in Child Care Settings to be a valuable review of current theory and research in this area. Practitioners will better understand the ways in which early childhood environments and early childhood educators can facilitate the play of young children in child care settings. And administrators will be able to draw upon the book in designing and implementing early childhood programs for special needs and non-special needs children.

Hillel Goelman is Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Language Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Goelman is the co-editor of Awakening to Literacy and co-author of The Development of Language and Literacy in the Preschool Years and The Puzzle of Day Care. Ellen Vineberg Jacobs is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Concordia University.


"This book does a nice job of pulling together an emerging body of literature that explores linkages between varying child care experiences and children's development by focusing on children's play interactions. Its real strength is that many contributors incorporate a 'broader view' by taking socio-ecological factors and family background into account when investigating these linkages. " — Craig H. Hart, Brigham Young University