Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Public Administration


Political Science

Major Professor

Montjoy, Robert S.

Second Advisor

Kiefer, John J.

Third Advisor

Alcazar, Al


The high number of working parents in the U.S. means that there are millions of child in need to care during working hours. Research shows that the quality of this care is of high importance in a child's development, both in the short-term and the long-term. States have used a variety of policy tools to regulate child care and to attempt to improve the quality of care. Louisiana has recently implemented a new policy called the Quality Rating System. Directors of centers in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, were interviewed to determine the impact of participation in QRS. Centers are struggling to meet the requirements and feel that changes need to be made for the program to have a better outcome.


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