What is the difference between teachers, Early Care and Education Providers (ECEPs), and Wrap-Around Early Care and Education Providers (WECEPs)?
In the ECLS B, ‘teachers’ refers to the educators who taught the ECLS-B children in kindergarten or higher. Early Care and Education Providers, referred to as ECEPs, provided child care and early education below the kindergarten level. They may have been teachers in a preschool, babysitters, family daycare providers, nannies, or relatives; in short, anyone who was not the child’s parent or guardian and regularly provided care and/or education prior to kindergarten for the study child. Wrap-Around Early Care and Education Providers, or WECEPs, were people who provided care and/or education for the ECLS-B children enrolled in kindergarten during the hours before and after school. Like ECEPs, they were a varied group and provided care and/or education in a variety of settings.
When were teachers and early care and education providers (ECEPs/WECEPs) surveyed?
Early care and education providers (ECEPs) were interviewed by telephone during the 2-year, preschool, and kindergarten 2006 data collections. In the 2-year collection, the interview was referred to as the Child Care Provider (CCP) interview. The name was changed to the Early Care and Education Provider (ECEP) interview at preschool to include the more educational settings children tended to be in as they got older (e.g., preschool, nursery school, public pre-kindergarten programs, etc.). Teachers and wrap-around early care and education providers (WECEPs) were surveyed in the two kindergarten data waves. In the first kindergarten collection in 2006, ECEP interviews were conducted by telephone for children who were not yet enrolled in kindergarten or higher and participated in regularly scheduled nonparental care and/or education (e.g., preschool, child care, etc.). Teachers of children who were enrolled in kindergarten or higher were mailed self-administered questionnaires to fill out and return. WECEP interviews were conducted by telephone for children enrolled in kindergarten who received regularly scheduled before- and/or after-school care. The WECEP phone interview was a modification of the ECEP phone interview, tailored to wrap-around settings and programs. While the teacher and WECEP components were included in the second kindergarten collection in 2007, the ECEP interview was not included because almost all of the ECLS-B children were in kindergarten or higher.