The Quality of Centros Infantiles del Buen Vivir in Ecuador
Araujo, María Caridad; López Bóo, Florencia; Novella, Rafael; Schodt, Sara; Tomé, Romina
This study analyzes data collected in 2012 from a sample of public child care centers in Ecuador. It aims to characterize different quality aspects of the services provided by these centers to children under 3 years of age. The main finding is that the child care services studied have a considerable margin for improvement in terms of structural and process aspects. The quality challenges faced by these centers are consistent with those of similar services in different countries throughout the region, such as Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. The study also finds that while efforts undertaken in recent years in Ecuador to improve service quality are aimed in the right direction, continuous, long-term interventions will be required in order to make significant improvements in the quality indicators studied. The most complex changes¿but also the most necessary¿are related to aspects of process quality, particularly those connected to the training of child care staff and the skill-building necessary to offer experiences that maximize well-being and promote learning in all areas of child development.