Publication Date: November 11, 2010
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. The BAS is designed to complement the widely used Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale–Revised (FCCERS-R).
When used together, they provide a comprehensive picture of the quality of the family child care learning environment and the business practices that support the program.
With the BAS, providers can easily set goals to incrementally improve business practices that will result in better communication with parents, financial stability, reduced risk in operating a home business, and compliance with legal requirements. Using a 7-point rating scale (inadequate to excellent), this easy-to-use assessment instrument measures:
Teri N. Talan is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of Research and Public Policy for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National-Louis University in Wheeling, Illinois. Paula Jorde Bloom is the Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Professor of Early Childhood Education at National-Louis University. They are the authors of the bestselling Program Administration Scale: Measuring Early Childhood Leadership and Management (PAS).
“With the new Spanish BAS, you will be able to fulfill your dream as a family child care business owner, better communicate with families, and expand your professional experience.”
—Luis A. Hernandez, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist in Early Childhood Education
“The Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care is a long-awaited resource tool that will help improve the quality of care in the family child care field. This valuable book should be used by any organization interested in increasing the business skills of family child care providers in their community.”
—Tom Copeland, consultant to the National Association for Family Child Care
“Using the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care in Tennessee has provided us with a valuable, practical tool to support best practices in family child care and to inspire providers to seek continuous improvements.” —Lin Venable, Assistant Program Director, Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance
“This publication will help family child care providers succeed as small business owners and develop their parent policies and communications. The BAS identifies optimal business practices for college instructors, trainers, coaches, and mentors. And it fills in where other quality assessment instruments leave off, helping researchers and evaluators to include this underlying foundation of quality in family child care.”
—Kathy Modigliani, Family Child Care Project