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Child Care, Welfare and Families: The Nexus of Policies, Practices, and Systems
Adams, Gina, 2000
Urban Institute

An examination of the role of welfare policies and practices in shaping child care for low-income families, building on the Urban Institute's New Federalism Project. Key issues include: (1) how child care and welfare systems are organized at State and local levels; (2) the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches; and (3) how overlap and duplication are being addressed.

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Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness
Ward, Helen D., 2004
Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, Institute for Child and Family Policy

A case study examining the extent to which the child welfare, early care and education, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) early intervention systems are collaborating to promote the school readiness needs of children under age five in the child welfare system in Colorado. The study is based on field interviews with approximately 150 key agency staff and survey interviews with approximately 500 foster parents and 200 child welfare caseworkers, and explores: (1) barriers to and facilitators of collaboration at the state, county and local levels; and (2) the degree to which children in the child welfare system are being linked to the IDEA early intervention and early care and education (ECE) programs. This research informs policy and program choices about best practices and models for how the multiple agencies which provide these services can coordinate their efforts.

Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects


Maine Child Care Research Project
Lahti, Michel, 2002
Maine, Department of Human Services

This project consists of two components, one focused on program quality comparing programs enrolled in Maine's Quality Rating System (QRS) to those not enrolled. The other component is focused on use of child level assessment information to improve program quality. The purpose of the first component is to increase knowledge about improvements to program quality over time considering influences due to enrollment in the Maine Quality Rating System (QRS). Programs enrolled in the QRS receive additional supports than those programs not enrolled in the QRS. This study component also includes a focus on a set of programs enrolled in the QRS and contracted by the state DHHS to provide child care services to low-income working parents. Baseline data was collected in 2009 and follow-up data is being collected in 2011. The aim of the second study component is to explore the kinds of approaches to assessments that are used with infants and toddlers in higher quality programs. Authentic child level assessment is a standard in the QRS and this case study research will increase knowledge about how this standard is being met and or what barriers exist to meeting this standard. The research questions are: (1) What are the differences in program quality between child care programs enrolled in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Quality Rating System (QRS) and child care programs not enrolled in the Maine DHHS Quality Rating System?; (2) What is the impact of federal Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) quality funding and subsequent supports on improving the quality of care available to and utilized by low-income working parents through contracted child care sites?; and (3) How are individual programs that serve infants and toddlers meeting the authentic assessment standard of the Quality for ME system?

Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects


Massachusetts Research, Analysis, and Evaluation Project
Southwick, Rodney, 2001
Massachusetts, Office of Child Care Services

A project to establish a state-of-the-art early care and education data warehouse and build a Research Analysis and Evaluation Unit within the Office of Child Care Services (OCCS). The warehouse integrates data sets from many sources, including state administrative databases, census data, and state initiated research efforts. Along with the development of in-house expertise in research and analysis, the warehouse supports the evaluation of state quality program initiatives, such as tiered rate increases, and assessments of the longitudinal impact of program quality on school readiness.

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