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Inclusive practice and quality of education and care in the Dutch hybrid early childhood education and care system

Authors
  • van der Werf, W. M.1
  • Slot, P. L.1
  • Kenis, P. N.2
  • Leseman, P. P. M.1
  • 1 Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan 1, Utrecht, 3584 CS, The Netherlands , Utrecht (Netherlands)
  • 2 Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, Tilburg, 5037 AB, The Netherlands , Tilburg (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Publication Date
Jan 07, 2021
Volume
15
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40723-020-00079-x
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The present study examined how in the context of the hybrid, privatized and marketized Dutch early education and care system (ECEC), childcare organizations respond to the public task of supporting inclusion and equity in an increasingly diverse society. Applying cluster analysis on the organizational characteristics of a nationally representative sample of 117 centers providing education and care for 0- to 4-year-old children, three types of organizations were identified that differed strongly on cultural inclusion and observed quality in the classroom. Socially engaged (for-profit and not-for-profit) professional organizations served proportionally more children from low-SES and immigrant families, provided higher quality to these children, and were culturally more inclusive than both market-orientated and traditional professional-bureaucratic organizations. The findings are discussed with regard to the question how hybrid ECEC systems can be governed to optimally serve the public goals of inclusion and equity.

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