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All together now: State experiences in using community-based child care to provide pre-kindergarten
Schumacher, Rachel, 2005
Paper presented at the the Brookings Institution-University of North Carolina conference on Creating a national plan for the education of 4-year-olds, Washington, DC.

A discussion of the findings from a survey of 29 states that examines the policies, opportunities, and challenges associated with including community-based child care providers in states' prekindergarten programs

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All together now: State experiences in using community-based child care to provide pre-kindergarten
Schumacher, Rachel, 2005
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

A discussion of the findings from a survey of 29 states conducted by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), which examined the policies, opportunities, and challenges associated with including community based child care providers as part of the states' prekindergarten programs

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America After 3PM
Afterschool Alliance, October 2009
Washington, DC: Afterschool Alliance.

A 2009 update of and comparison to a 2004 study of the after school child care arrangements of kindergarten through grade 12 students, based on a survey of nearly 30,000 households

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Boston Quality Inventory 2010: Community early care and education programs
Marshall, Nancy L., 29 October, 2010
Boston: Boston EQUIP.

A study of the quality of child care centers and family child care homes in Boston, based on surveys and observations of 68 child care centers and 51 family child care homes

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Boston Quality Inventory 2013: Community early care and education programs
Marshall, Nancy L., 10 March, 2014
Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.

A study of the quality of child care centers and family child care homes in Boston, Massachusetts, based on surveys and observations of 45 center-based programs serving infants and toddlers, 45 center-based programs serving preschoolers, and 45 family child care homes

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Building an infrastructure for quality: An inventory of early childhood education and out-of-school time facilities in Massachusetts
Pardee, Mav, July, 2011
Boston: Children's Investment Fund.

A study of the quality of the physical learning environments of licensed, community- and center-based, nonprofit early childhood education and out-of-school time programs in low-income communities across Massachusetts and in Boston, based on observations conducted using a set of quality standards for facilities in a random sample of 130 programs across Massachusetts and a sample of 97 programs in Boston

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Building partnerships between Early Head Start grantees and family child care providers: Lessons from the Early Head Start for Family Child Care project: Final report
Del Grosso, Patricia, 12 December, 2011
Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Head Start.

This report aims to capture the key lessons learned from the Early Head Start for Family Child Care project framework and to provide information to the field about strategies the partnership teams used to implement the framework at the local and state levels. In addition, this evaluation contributes to the growing bodies of research on (1) approaches to supporting quality in family child care and (2) initiatives designed to facilitate greater collaboration among organizations and systems with common goals. The report can be a useful resource for entities interested in forming partnerships between Early Head Start and family child care to create more seamless service delivery systems and, more broadly, any community interested in building partnerships to support collaboration and system development among early childhood providers. (author abstract)

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Characteristics and quality of child care for toddlers and preschoolers [Abridged]
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2005
In Child care and child development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (pp. 91-104). New York: Guilford Press

The relationship between structural and caregiver characteristics and observed caregiver behavior in producing positive caregiving, as well as levels of positive caregiving associated with types of child care at 15, 24, and 36 months of age

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Characteristics of infant child care: Factors contributing to positive caregiving
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 1996
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 11(3), 269-306

An analysis of the structural and caregiver characteristics that predict high caregiving quality for infants using data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care

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Characteristics of infant child care: Factors contributing to positive caregiving [Abridged]
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2005
In Child care and child development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (pp. 50-66). New York: Guilford Press

A study of associations between structural and caregiver characteristics as they relate to infant experiences with their caregivers, based on data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care as well as an observational measure, the Observational Record of the Caregiving Environment (ORCE)

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Child care and common communicable illnesses [Abridged]
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2005
In Child care and child development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (pp. 175-183). New York: Guilford Press

A study of the relationship between children’s experience in nonmaternal care and rates of respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and ear infections during the first 3 years of life

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Child care and common communicable illnesses in children ages 37-54 months [Abridged]
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2005
In Child care and child development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (pp. 184-190). New York: Guilford Press

A study of the relationship between children’s experience in nonmaternal care and rates of respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and ear infections from 3 to 41/2 years old in a sample of approximately 1,100 children

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The child care arrangements of preschool-age children in immigrant families in the United States
Brandon, Peter D., 2004
International Migration, 42(2), 65-87

A comparison of the use of child care arrangements among immigrant families to non-immigrant families

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Child care for children in poverty: Opportunity or inequality?
Phillips, Deborah A., 1991
Child Development, 65(1), 472-492

A study of child care quality in child care centers serving children from low-income families, its relationship to type of center-based programming, and its comparability to child care quality in centers serving upper- and middle-income families, based on data from the nationally representative Profile of Child Care Settings study and the National Child Care Staffing Study, which collected observational data on child care quality in 227 child care centers in five cities

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The Child Care HOME Inventories: Assessing the quality of family child care homes
Bradley, Robert H., 2003
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 18(3), 294-309

An overview of the different versions of the HOME Inventory for use in assessing quality of family child care homes

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Child care in the first year of life [Abridged]
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2005
In Child care and child development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (pp. 39-49). New York: Guilford Press

A description of child care during the first 12 months of life, including initiation and amount of infant child care, child care history patterns during the first year, and the types, multiplicity, and stability of care used by parents of infants over the course of the first year, based on data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care

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Child-care selection from birth to age three: The influence of family economy, demographics, and parenting attitudes
Wolf, Anne, 2004
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Two studies using data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development examined family variations in timing and type of children's initial child care arrangements and then variations in amount of hours spent in child care per week from birth to age three

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Child-care use among welfare mothers: A dynamic analysis
Wolf, Douglas A., 1991
Journal of Family Issues, 12(4), 519-536

A study of welfare mothers' child care arrangements and usage trends, particularly the durability of child care arrangements in relationship to child care type and cost, and mothers’ subjective ratings of quality and their impact on the probability of changing or ending their current child care arrangements

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Children's use of retreats in family child care homes
Weinberger, Nanci, 2006
Early Education and Development, 17(4), 571-591

An assessment of the use of retreat spaces by, and associated behaviors of, 65 children in 9 family child care homes in southeastern Massachusetts, based on information collected by licensed family child care providers

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A compilation of initiatives to support home-based child care
Porter, Toni, 31 March, 2010
Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

A compilation of profiles of 96 initiatives that target and support home-based child care

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Comprehensive school reform: An implementation study of preschool programs in elementary schools
Desimone, Laura, 2004
Elementary School Journal, 104(5), 369-389

A discussion of the implementation of preschool programs in elementary schools, based on information gathered from focus group interviews with 42 preschool and kindergarten teachers and 53 parents from 10 schools in 5 states

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The cost and quality of full day, year-round early care and education in Massachusetts: Preschool classrooms
Marshall, Nancy L., 2001
Wellesley Centers for Women and Abt Associates Inc.

A report that examines the state of preschool-age, community-based child care in Massachusetts, with findings on quality of care, cost of care, and the relationship between quality and cost.

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Do regulable features of child-care homes affect children's development?
Clarke-Stewart, K. Alison, 2002
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 17(1), 52-86

An analysis of the links between regulable and nonregulable features of family child care homes and infants' and toddlers' cognitive development using data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care

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Early child care and children's development prior to school entry [Abridged]
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2005
In Child care and child development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (pp. 376-391). New York: Guilford Press

An abridged reprint of a study of the impact of early child care experiences, and the quality and types of child care, on children's functioning prior to school entry, based on data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care

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Early child care and children's development prior to school entry: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2002
American Educational Research Journal, 39(1), 133-164

A longitudinal study of the effects of quantity, quality, and type of early child care on pre-academic skills, language performance, and behavior problems in a sample of over 1,000 children followed from birth to 4 ˝ years of age

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Evaluation of Child Care Subsidy Strategies: Massachusetts family child care study
Collins, Ann, June, 2010
(OPRE 2011-1). Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

An implementation and impact evaluation of LearningGames, an intervention to promote children's development through language-rich interactions between caregivers and children, in family child care homes in Massachusetts, based on pre- and post-test observations of 173 experimental and 180 control providers

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Evaluation of Head Start Family Child Care Demonstration: Final report
United States. Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Commissioner's Office of Research and Evaluation, 2000
Washington, DC: U.S. Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Commissioner's Office of Research and Evaluation.

In the fall of 1992 the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) funded 18 Head Start family child care demonstration projects for a 3-year period. The primary purposes of this evaluation were to determine whether services provided in the family child care homes met Head Start Program Performance Standards and to compare the outcomes for children and families participating in family child care homes with outcomes for those participating in center classroom-based programs. Each local site served two groups of 40 children who were randomly assigned to either family child care homes or center-based settings. After an initial planning and start-up year, staff at each project agreed to serve two cohorts of 40 four-year-olds in Head Start family child care. Eligibility was limited to parents who were either working, attending school, or in a job training program. This report focuses on the findings from the second cohort of children because the evaluation instruments were not approved in time for use at the beginning of the first cohort, considered a pilot. (author abstract)

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Facilities inventory project Boston report
Marshall, Nancy L., 06 July, 2011
Boston: Children's Investment Fund.

A study of the quality of the physical learning environments of licensed, community- and center-based, nonprofit early childhood education and out-of-school time programs in Boston, based on observations conducted using a set of quality standards for facilities in a sample of 98 programs

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Facilities inventory project data report
Marshall, Nancy L., 09 March, 2011
Boston: Children's Investment Fund.

A study of the quality of the physical learning environments of licensed, community- and center-based, nonprofit early childhood education and out-of-school time programs in low-income communities across Massachusetts, based on observations conducted using a set of quality standards for facilities in a random sample of 130 programs

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Familial factors associated with the characteristics of nonmaternal care for infants [Abridged]
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2005
In Child care and child development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (pp. 109-126). New York: Guilford Press

An examination of the associations between four aspects of nonmaternal infant child care, age of entry, amount, type, and quality, and preexisting family characteristics, economics, and psychosocial factors

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Family child care homes and the CACFP: Participation after reimbursement tiering: An interim report of the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study
Food Assistance & Nutrition Research (Program : U.S.), 1999
(Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 3). Washington, DC: U.S. Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program.

An inquiry into the participation rates of family child care homes in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

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Gateway to quality: Online professional development for family childcare providers
Durden, Tonia, 2015
Early Child Development and Care, , 1-17

High-quality family childcare (FCC) can positively influence all areas of a child's growth and development. Thus, it is important to invest in efforts to increase quality, including providing professional development to enhance the skills of those caring for children in their homes. This study explores the characteristics of FCC providers who engage in an online professional development program. Findings show that a majority of these providers are female, had at least a high school diploma, and are licensed or registered. Content areas most frequently selected for professional development include ways to support children's social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. The frequency of access and range of coursework completed implies that online learning is accessible for the FCC workforce audience and has the capacity to meet state requirements for professional development. Future directions to extend this research are discussed. (author abstract)

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Getting organized: Unionizing home-based child care providers
Chalfie, Deborah, 2007
Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center.

An examination of statewide efforts to allow home-based child care workers, including licensed family child care providers and regulation-exempt family, friend, and neighbor caregivers receiving subsidies, to join unions

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Getting organized: Unionizing home-based child care providers: 2010 update
Blank, Helen, June, 2010
Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center.

An examination of statewide efforts between February 2007 and March 2010 to allow home-based child care workers, including licensed family child care providers and regulation-exempt family, friend, and neighbor caregivers receiving subsidies, to join unions

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In the neighborhood: Programs that strengthen family day care for low-income families
Larner, Mary, 1994
New York: Columbia University, National Center for Children in Poverty

A study designed to seek strategies to increase the availability and improve the quality of family day care homes in poor, stressed communities based on a survey of best practice from 10 programs in nine states

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Low-income families' selection of child care for their young children
Tang, Sandra, October, 2012
Children and Youth Services Review, 34(10), 2002-2011

An assessment of the relationship between child care type experienced by low income urban preschoolers and child characteristics, mother characteristics, city of residence, mother's psychological resources, and child care preferences, based on data from 802 children drawn from the first and second waves of the Three-City Study, a longitudinal, multi-method analysis of the well-being of low income children and families in Boston, San Antonio, and Chicago following welfare reform

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A map for you?: Geographic information systems in the social services
Queralt, Magaly, 1998
Social Work, 43(5), 455-469

A presentation of geographic information systems and its illustrative application to the social services, such as creating a map showing child care service providers’ location and characteristics and mapping the ratio of child care slots to the number of children in a population to locate areas with potential service-availability gaps

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The Massachusetts 2006 market rate survey
Witte, Ann D., July 2006
Wellesley, MA: Wellesley College.

A study of child care market rates for programs that serve infants, toddlers, and school-aged children and their geographic distribution across the state of Massachusetts in 2006, based on a survey of 3,600 service providers in school-based, center-based, and family child care settings

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Massachusetts early care and education health report
Marshall, Nancy L., November 24, 2006
Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.

A study of health and safety practices in family child care homes and center-based infant and toddler and preschool classrooms in Massachusetts, based on data from studies of Massachusetts child care quality

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Massachusetts family child care today: A report of the findings from the Massachusetts cost and quality study
Marshall, Nancy L., 2003
Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Women.

A presentation of findings from a study of workforce issues, the quality of care, and the cost of licensed family child care within the state of Massachusetts

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Massachusetts statewide child assessment system: A study to investigate recommended implementation practices: Findings and recommendations
Oldham, Erin, June 30, 2006
Boston: Massachusetts, Department of Early Care and Education.

An examination of the use of child assessment tools by early childhood education and care programs, based on a survey of 645 licensed child care centers, case studies of 6 large early education organizations, and trainings of 30 staff members from 4 multi-site child care programs serving child care centers and family child care homes in Massachusetts

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Maternal grandmothers as child care providers for rural, low-income mothers: A unique child care arrangement
Reschke, Kathy L., 2006
Journal of Children & Poverty, 12(2), 159-174

An examination of the positive and challenging aspects of grandmothers providing child care for their grandchildren, investigating the experiences of the grandmothers as well as the effects on the sample of low income mothers from rural communities

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National Study of Child Care for Low-Income Families: Care in the home: A description of family child care and the experiences of the families and children that use it: Final report
Layzer, Jean I., August, 2007
Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

Findings from the two-and-a-half-year In-Depth Study of Family Child Care, a component of the National Study of Child Care for Low-Income Families, focusing on parents and their employment and child care experience, family child care providers and their homes as child care environments, and children and their experiences in family child care

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National Study of Child Care for Low-Income Families: Care in the home: A description of family child care and the experiences of the families and children who use it: Wave 1 report
United States. Administration for Children and Families, August, 2006
Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

Findings from the first wave of data collection for the In-Depth Study of Family Child Care, a component of the National Study of Child Care for Low-Income Families, focusing on parents and their employment and child care experience, family child care providers and their homes as child care environments, and children and their experiences in family child care

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Nonmaternal care and family factors in early development: An overview of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2005
In Child care and child development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Care and Youth Development (pp. 3-36). New York: Guilford Press

A study of the relationships between types of nonmaternal care and children’s social and emotional adjustment, cognitive and linguistic development, and physical growth and health

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Nonstandard work schedules and child care decisions: Evidence from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care
Han, Wen-Jui, 2004
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 19(2), 231-256

A study of the relationship between parents' work schedules and child care arrangements, using longitudinal data collected by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Early Child Care Research Network

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Physical activity and beverages in home- and center-based child care programs
Tandon, Pooja S., July/August 2012
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44(4), 355-359

A comparison of physical activity, space, and beverage provision related to obesity prevention among a group of home- and center-based child care programs and in comparison to select elements of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) best-practice guidelines, based on data from 168 licensed home- and center-based child care programs in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington surveyed between October and December 2008

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Planning for health promotion in low-income preschool child care settings: Focus groups of parents and child care providers
Taveras, Elsie M., November-December 2006
Ambulatory Pediatrics, 6(6), 342-346

An examination of best practice methods for promoting health practices in low income child care settings through six focus groups of parents with children attending child care centers and family child care homes and directors of child care centers and family child care homes

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Preschool-aged children’s television viewing in child care settings
Christakis, Dimitri Alexander, December 2009
Pediatrics, 124(6), 1627-1632

A comparison of television use in home- and center-based child care settings, and a study of the relationship between television use and the educational levels of personnel, based on data collected from a random sample of 168 directors of licensed child care programs in four states

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Promoting healthy practices in child care centers: The role of child care resource and referral agencies
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, August, 2011
Arlington, VA: National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

A study of child care center obesity prevention practices and child care resource and referral agency health-related training and technical assistance offerings, based on a survey of 113 agencies from 29 states

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