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Abecedarian Project
Campbell, Frances A.,

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Assessing the New Federalism
Weil, Alan,
Washington, DC: Urban Institute

A multi-year, multi-pronged project that analyzes state policy choices, including policy development and implementation, and family well-being in the context of the significant devolution of responsibility for social programs from the federal government to the states

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The Cost, Quality and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers Study
Peisner-Feinberg, Ellen S.,
Denver, CO: Center for Research on Economic and Social Policy

A longitudinal study of the relationships between children's experiences in center-based care and school and their social, emotional and cognitive outcomes

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Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project
United States. Administration for Children and Families,
Education Resources Information Center

This project involves both a cross-site national study and local longitudinal studies of low-income families with young children in Early Head Start sites in 17 communities in the United States. The project was funded in two waves: Birth to Three (1996-2001) and Pre-Kindergarten Follow-Up (2001-2004). The five major components of the project are: an implementation study, an impact evaluation, local research studies, policy studies, and efforts toward continuous program improvement. The implementation study assessed the level and quality of implementation of EHS at each site, as well as variations across sites, with regard to five program areas: child development and health care; family partnerships; community involvement and partnerships; staff development; and program management. Results include a profile of each of the 17 research programs, their services and expected outcomes. The information gathered was critical for the development of the impact evaluation analyses and the identification of pathways to full implementation. The impact evaluation followed a random assignment, longitudinal design to examine how child, parent and family outcomes were influenced by EHS programs, as well as by variations in program approaches and community contexts, program implementation and services, and the characteristics of children and their families. The third component involves 16 local research projects conducted by 15 university-based researchers who partnered with Early Head Start research programs. Designed to investigate the unique outcomes and program functions of each Early Head Start program, these longitudinal studies continue through the second phase of the project, Pre-Kindergarten Follow-up (2001-2004). The policy studies component focuses on issues related to welfare reform, health and disabilities, child-care and fatherhood. The component of continuous program improvement consists of reports and presentations disseminating new information that can help all Early Head Start programs to increase their ability to meet the needs of families.

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Growing Up in Poverty Project 
Fuller, Bruce,
Berkeley, CA: Policy Analysis for California Education

A longitudinal study of the effects of mothers moving from welfare-to-work on their economic well-being, home environment, child care quality and use, and their young children's early development

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Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES)
United States. Administration for Children and Families,
Washington, DC: United States, Administration for Children and Families

A series of nationally representative longitudinal cohort studies of the experiences of Head Start children and families

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Healthy Steps National Evaluation
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,
The Women's and Children's Health Policy Center of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A longitudinal evaluation of Healthy Steps for Young Children, an initiative to increase collaboration between parents and health care professionals

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Making the Most of Out-of-School-Time
Halpern, Robert,
Chicago: University of Chicago, Chapin Hall Center for Children.

An evaluation study of strategies planned and implemented by community-based coalitions in three cities, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle, to improve the supply, quality, affordability, and availability of out-of-school programs.

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