Publication Date: May 18, 2018
The Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) is the first valid and reliable tool for measuring and improving the overall quality of business and professional practices in family child care settings. It is applicable for multiple uses, including program self-improvement, technical assistance and monitoring, training, research and evaluation, and public awareness. It is currently embedded in many state quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) across the nation.
Using a 7-point rating scale (inadequate to excellent), this easy-to-use instrument assesses 10 items:
The second edition of the BAS includes refinements to support the reliable use of the instrument and to reflect current best practices in administering a family child care program:
Use the BAS in conjunction with the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale–Revised (FCCERS-R) for a comprehensive picture of your family child care learning environment and the business and professional practices that support the program.
Teri N. Talan is the Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair and Senior Policy Advisor at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National-Louis University in Wheeling, Illinois. Paula Jorde Bloom (1947–2018) was professor emerita at National-Louis University. They are the authors of the bestselling Program Administration Scale: Measuring Early Childhood Leadership and Management, Second Edition (PAS).
“The business side of family child care has too often been ignored. The Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care has been a valuable resource since 2009 that identifies the ten components of a successful family child care business. It’s a unique tool that has helped thousands of providers across the country measure and improve their business practices. This second edition provides an enhanced focus on family support and engagement. It also includes additional information on how to interpret the BAS indicators that make it much more user friendly. I highly recommend it!”
—Tom Copeland, family child care business consultant
"The BAS guides family child care providers to succeed as business owners and maintain healthy policies to support caregiver wellbeing. The comprehensive content and clear format makes it useful for both providers and those who support them."
—Nichole Parks, program coordinator, Arkansas State University Childhood Services
Tentative Table of Contents
Overview of the Business Administration Scale
Items, Indicator Strands, and Indicators
Definition of Terms
Using the Business Administration Scale
Scoring the BAS
Business Administration Scale Items
Qualifications and Professional Development
Income and Benefit
Family Support and Engagement
Marketing and Community Relations
Provider as Employer
Business Administration Scale Forms
Documents for Review
Provider Qualifications Worksheet
Item Summary Form
Business Administration Scale Profile
Psychometric Characteristics of the BAS
References and Resources
About the Authors