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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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Children, caregiving, culture, and community: Understanding the place and importance of kith and kin care in the White Mountain Apache community
Sparks, Shannon Michelle Anjeanette, 2007
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson

An ethnographic study of the values and circumstances influencing the child care decisions of members of the White Mountain Apache community, with particular attention to both cultural differences in perceptions of quality care and the trends related to the use of family, friend, and neighbor care, based on interviews, observations, and discussions with several dozen parents and care providers

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Choices in the real world: The use of family, friend and neighbor child care by single Chicago mothers working nontraditional schedules
Illinois Action for Children, 2012
Chicago: Illinois Action for Children.

A study of the family, friend, and neighbor child care arrangements and quality of family life of employed single mothers using nontraditional hours child care in Chicago, Illinois, based on interviews with 50 single mothers

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A closer look at kith and kin care: Exploring variability of quality within family, friend and neighbor care
Shivers, Eva Marie, 2006
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27(5), 411-426

An examination of the variations of quality among different characteristics (professional development background, provider sensitivity, child care setting) of family, friend, and neighbor child care providers and an investigation of how these characteristics vary by provider ethnicity

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A comparative analysis of subsidized and non-subsidized relative child care homes in Kansas
Curry, Susan Willard, 2011
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Kansas State University, Manhattan

A comparison of the quality of care provided by family, friend, and neighbor caregivers in Kansas who do or do not receive child care subsidies, based on observations of and interviews with 22 caregivers and on focus groups with 5 caregivers

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A compilation of initiatives to support home-based child care
United States. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, March 31, 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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The conflicts of care-giving: Gender, race/ethnicity and the changing political economy of child-care labor
Tuominen, Mary, 1995
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Oregon, Eugene

A theoretical and empirical analysis of the changing nature of child care labor and care-giving work in the market economy specifically among home-based child care workers

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Correlates of grandmother childcare support to adolescent mothers: Implications for development in two generations of women
Voran, Miriam, 1993
Children and Youth Services Review, 15(4), 321-334

An examination of three issues of African-American grandmother child care support to adolescent mothers, including correlates of grandmother support, correlates of grandmother satisfaction, and the relationship between grandmother support and varying characteristics of teen adaptation to motherhood

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Counting on grandmothers: Black mothers' and fathers' reliance on grandmothers for parenting support
Hunter, Andrea G., 1997
Journal of Family Issues, 18(3), 251-269

A survey of young black parents’ reliance on grandmothers for child care assistance

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Crystal Stairs, Inc. License Exempt Assistance Project "Community Pre-K" evaluation report: Year 1 (2007-2008)
Shivers, Eva Marie, 2008
Phoenix, AZ: Indigo Cultural Center, Institute for Child Development Research and Social Change.

An evaluation of Community Pre-K, a play and learn program to provide quality early learning experiences to children cared for by subsidized, license-exempt providers and to build providers' caregiving skills, that examined child and provider outcomes, based on data collected from 9 family, friend, and neighbor child care providers and 13 children in Los Angeles

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Development, implementation, & evaluation of a nutrition education program for informal (unlicensed) child caregivers
Burden, Trina, 2000
Journal of Nutrition Education, 32(2), 104-110

A study of the development, implementation, and assessment of a nutrition education program for informal and unlicensed child care centers in Canada

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