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Access to quality: Early learning for California preschoolers in subsidized license-exempt settings
University of California, Berkeley. Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, June, 2013
Sacramento: California, Department of Education.

To address the reality that many of California's at-risk preschool-age children receiving subsidized child care services could benefit from, but do not participate in, organized, high-quality preschool or school-readiness experiences, CDD provided support to the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, for an Access to Quality Early Learning Project to examine: 1) the reasons why parents choose license-exempt child care, and their knowledge of the options that may be available to them; 2) the opportunities for and barriers to improving school readiness experiences for at-risk children who attend full-time, license-exempt child care; and 3) how license-exempt providers, and school readiness and preschool programs, might better coordinate and blend their offerings for families. This report summarizes the findings of this exploration, and offers recommendations that can be used to inform policy strategies promoting greater participation by high-need children, now cared for exclusively in license-exempt settings, in quality educational environments that ready them for elementary school. (author abstract)

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Adolescents assuming adult roles: Factors associated with teens providing child care for younger siblings
Capizzano, Jeffrey, 2004
(JCPR Working Paper No. 353). Chicago: Joint Center for Poverty Research.

A study examining patterns of adolescent sibling child care usage by single- and two-parent families, using data from the 1996 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

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An analysis of kin-provided child care in the context of intrafamily exchanges: Linking components of family support for parents raising young children
Brandon, Peter D., 2000
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 59(2), 191-216

A study of the relationship between kin-provided child care and in-kind resource exchanges within extended families

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The Arizona Kith and Kin Project
Ocampo-Schlesinger, Sarah, 2005
In R. Rice (Ed.), Perspectives on family, friend and neighbor child care: Research programs and policy (Occasional Paper Series No. 15, pp. 22-25). New York: Bank Street College of Education.

A discussion of Arizona’s Kith and Kin Project, a non-profit aimed at providing services and training for low-income, family, friend, and neighbor childcare providers

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Arizona Kith and Kin Project: The invisible child care provider: Findings from Arizona's Kith and Kin Project 2010
Shivers, Eva Marie,
Phoenix, AZ: Indigo Cultural Center, Institute for Child Development Research and Social Change.

An evaluation of the Arizona Kith and Kin Project, a 14-week support group training series for family, friend, and neighbor child care providers in Arizona, that examines provider characteristics and changes in provider child care quality and knowledge, based on provider surveys and on pre- and post-program observations and assessments

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Arizona Kith and Kin Project: The invisible child care provider: Findings from Arizona's Kith and Kin Project 2010 [Executive summary]
Shivers, Eva Marie,
Phoenix, AZ: Indigo Cultural Center, Institute for Child Development Research and Social Change.

A summary of an evaluation of the Arizona Kith and Kin Project, a 14-week support group training series for family, friend, and neighbor child care providers in Arizona, that examines provider characteristics and changes in provider child care quality and knowledge, based on provider surveys and on pre- and post-program observations and assessments

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Assessing initiatives for family, friend, and neighbor child care: An overview of models and evaluations
Porter, Toni, March 2007
(Research-to-Policy Connections No. 5). New York: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

A description of current efforts to support and enhance home-based, regulation-exempt child care provided by family, friends, and/or neighbors, and of the documentation and evaluation of these efforts

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Assessing the operation and impact of the Childminder Sustainability Grant
Tapp, Penelope, October 2003
(Brief No. RB484). Nottingham, United Kingdom: Great Britain, Department for Education and Skills.

A summary of a study of an initiative in the United Kingdom to increase the retention of family child care providers by offering grants to providers when they have temporarily vacant child care slots, based on case studies of local grantmaking procedures and in-depth small group interviews with family child care providers

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Assessing quality in family, friend and neighbor care: The Child Care Assessment Tool for Relatives
Porter, Toni, 2006
New York: Bank Street College of Education, Institute for a Child Care Continuum. (No longer accessible as of October 10, 2012).

A paper describing the Child Care Assessment Tool for Relatives, an instrument designed to measure quality of child care provided by relatives, in terms of its development and the results of a field test where it was used with low income relative caregivers

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Assessing the quality of family, friend, and neighbor care: The state of research
Powell, Douglas R., January 2008
Zero to Three, 28(3), 33-38

An overview of several city-wide and multi-city studies of quality in informal family, friend, and neighbor care (FFN) settings, including a discussion of the instruments used to measure FFN quality and an overview of FFN quality studies conducted in low income neighborhoods

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Associations of warmth and control of Filipina domestic helpers and mothers to Hong Kong kindergarten children’s social competence
Ip, Hoi Man, March 2008
Early Education and Development, 19(2), 284-301

A study of the relationship between children’s social development in kindergarten and the warm or controlling caregiving styles of mothers and hired domestic caregivers, based on a sample of 63 triads of children and mothers from Hong Kong and hired domestic caregivers from the Philippines

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Barriers to Child Care Subsidies
Shlay, Anne B., 2000
Temple University

A project consisting of three related studies. The first utilizes focus groups and a standardized survey with subsidy eligible families to examine subsidy use among low-income families. The second surveys low-income families to explore how child care preferences may be related to race and culture. The third uses observational measures to examine the quality of kith and kin care for families who do not use subsidies. This research provides policy-relevant information about developing subsidy policies that are sensitive to the contextual and cultural differences among low-income families.

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Caretakers, child care practices, and growth failure in highland Ecuador
Stansbury, James P., 2000
Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 14(2), 224-241

An examination of the relationship between sibling and peer child care and children’s physical health and development in the highlands of Ecuador

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Caring for Connecticut's children: Perspectives on informal, subsidized child care
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, 1999
Farmington: Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

A report presenting findings from a study on informal child care with a focus on the use of this care by low income families in Connecticut

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Caring for Connecticut's children: Perspectives on informal, subsidized child care [Executive summary]
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, 1999
Farmington: Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

A summary of findings from a study regarding low income families' use of informal child care

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The changing availability of grandparents as carers and its implications for childcare policy in the UK
Gray, Anne, 2005
Journal of Social Policy, 34(4), 557-577

An analysis of the role of grandparents as child care providers in the United Kingdom and its impact on the employment decisions of mothers of young children, based on data from the UK Time Use Survey and the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS)

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Characteristics and needs of Asian-American grandparent caregivers: A study of Chinese-American and Korean-American grandparents in New York City
Yoon, Sung Min, 2005
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 44(3-4), 75-94

A study of the characteristics and service needs of 101 Chinese-American and Korean-American caregiver grandparents in New York City

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Child care and child births: The role of grandparents in the Netherlands
Thomese, Fleur, April, 2013
Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(2), 403-421

A study of grandparent involvement in the care of young children and its relationship to subsequent child births in dual-earner families, based on data from 898 18- through 49-year-old Dutch men and women from the Netherlands' Kinship Panel Study

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Child care by kith and kin: Supporting family, friends and neighbors caring for children
Collins, Ann, 1998
(Children and Welfare Reform Issue Brief No. 5). New York: Columbia University, National Center for Children in Poverty

A summary of research on family, friend, and neighbor child care, including traditional policies, innovative program strategies, and outreach recommendations for states and local communities

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Child care in the homes of family, friends or neighbors
Illinois Action for Children, 2007
Chicago: Illinois Action for Children.

An overview of family, friend, and neighbor child care provision in Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois

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Child care: Promoting quality in family child care
United States. General Accounting Office. Health, Education, and Human Services Division, 1994
(GAO/HEHS-95-36). Washington, DC: U.S. General Accounting Office.

A Government Accounting Office report identifying public and private initiatives to enhance the quality of family child care, the fincancing of initiatives, federal support for quality initiatives, and a discussion of implications for welfare reform

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Child care within the family
Zinsser, Caroline, 2001
The Future of Children, 11(1), 123-127

A summary of an ethnographic study of the child care choices and experiences of urban, working families in relative child care, with a discussion of quality in relative child care.

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The childhood we have lost: When siblings were caregivers, 1900-1970
Pollack, Eunice, 2002
Journal of Social History, 36(1), 31-61

A study exploring reported effects of sibling care and parent care upon the lives of 600 randomly selected working and lower middle class women, born between 1895 and 1940 who received therapy between 1930 and 1970 at fourteen outpatient clinics

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Child-rearing in families of working and nonworking mothers
Yarrow, Marian R., 1962
Sociometry, 25(2), 122-140

A study of child-rearing among working and non-working mothers, discussing the effects of their attitudes and practices on child-rearing

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Children cared for by relatives: What do we know about their well-being?
Billing, Amy, 2002
(Series B, No. B-46). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A discussion of the role of relative child care on child behavioral and cognitive development using data from the 1997 and 1999 Survey of American's Families

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