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The children of the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Study go to school
Peisner-Feinberg, Ellen S., 1999
Chapel Hill, NC: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.

The longitudinal follow up to the Cost, Quality, and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers Study, following children for five years to assess the impact of quality of child care experiences on later development.

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The children of the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Study go to school [Executive summary]
Peisner-Feinberg, Ellen S., 1999
Chapel Hill, NC: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.

Report summarizes the key findings of the longitudinal follow up study to the Cost, Quality, and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers Study. The longitudinal study examines developmental outcomes of quality of center-based child care.

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Children's experiences in center-based child care as a function of teacher background and adult:child ratio
Howes, Carollee, 1997
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 43(3), 404-425

An examination of child care quality in relation to adult: child ratio and teacher education, using the Cost, Quality and Outcome (CQO) and Florida Quality Improvement study datasets

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Children's experiences in family child care and relative care as a function of family income and ethnicity
Kontos, Susan, 1997
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 43(3), 386-403

A study of the role of family variables like ethnicity and income in the choice between family or relative child care arrangements, and the relationship between family variables and child care provider behavior and quality

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Cost, quality and child outcomes in child care centers: Executive summary
Helburn, Suzanne W., April, 1995
Denver: University of Colorado at Denver, Department of Economics

A summary of findings from a study of the relationship between child care costs and quality and the concurrent effects of child care quality on children's cognitive and socioemotional outcomes, based on data from licensed community childcare sites in Los Angeles County in California, the Hartford corridor in Connecticut, the Frontal range in Colorado, and the Piedmont region in North Carolina

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Cost, quality, and child outcomes in child care centers: Public report
Helburn, Suzanne W., April, 1995
Denver: University of Colorado at Denver, Department of Economics (found at http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED386297.pdf no longer accessible as of August 20, 2013)

Findings from a study of the relationship between child care costs and quality and the concurrent effects of child care quality on children's cognitive and socioemotional outcomes, based on data from licensed community childcare sites in Los Angeles County in California, the Hartford corridor in Connecticut, the Frontal range in Colorado, and the Piedmont region in North Carolina

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Cost, quality and child outcomes in child care centers: Technical report
Helburn, Suzanne W., June, 1995
University of Colorado at Denver, Center for Research in Economic and Social Policy

An outline of the structure and design of the Cost, Quality and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers Study, with descriptive comparisons of the centers from which data was drawn, and a presentation of analytic study results

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CQO children go to school
Peisner-Feinberg, Ellen S., June 1999
(NCEDL Spotlights No. 11). Chapel Hill, NC: National Center for Early Development and Learning.

Key findings of the longitudinal follow-up study to the Cost, Quality, and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers Study (CQO) that investigates the persistence of children's benefits from participation in early childhood care through elementary school

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Does training make a difference to quality in family child care?
Kontos, Susan, 1996
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 11(4), 427-445

An article on the characteristics of family child care providers who seek training and the effects of training on child care quality.

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Evaluating the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS): Assessing differences between the first and revised edition
Sakai, Laura, 2003
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 18(4), 427-445

A review of the comparability and changes between the original 1980 version and the 1998 revision of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, a measure of global child care quality

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Executive summary: Early childhood care and education preferences among Latino families in Los Angeles
Zucker, Eleanor, June, 2007
Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Improving Child Care Quality.

A summary of a study of the child care and early education decisions of Latino families in Los Angeles, including perceptions of the availability of and barriers to child care and early education and family factors associated with these perceptions, based on open-ended, in-depth interviews with parents

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Improving and sustaining center quality: The role of NAEYC accreditation and staff stability
Whitebook, Marcy, 2004
Early Education and Development, 15(3), 305-326

A longitudinal study examining characteristics of child care centers that improved in quality and retained the higher quality over time, and assessing the impact of NAEYC accreditation on quality improvement

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NAEYC accreditation as a strategy for improving child care quality
Whitebook, Marcy, 1997
Washington, DC: National Center for the Early Childhood Workforce.

An evaluation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) child care center accreditation process, addressing the degree to which centers seeking NAEYC accreditation improve in overall quality and level of staff quality and stability, based on research done regarding the accreditation process at ninety-two child care centers in California

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The National Child Care Staffing Study: Revisited four years in the life of center-based child care
Whitebook, Marcy, 1993
Washington, DC: Center for Child Care Workforce.

A follow-up study of the National Child Care Staffing Study of 1992 investigating child care work force stability, changes in program quality, and evidence of increased resources in the centers conducted to determine whether a full-scale, longitudinal observational follow-up could be implemented and provide valuable data

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The prediction of process quality from structural features of child care
Phillipsen, Leslie C., 1997
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 12(3), 281-303

An analysis of data from the Cost, Quality and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers Study to identify structural features of child care centers and classrooms that predict process quality

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Quality care does mean better child outcomes
Clifford, Richard M., August 1998
(NCEDL Spotlights No. 2). Chapel Hill, NC: National Center for Early Development and Learning.

An overview of the relationship of the quality of care to children’s academic outcomes and well-being, based on assessments of a subsample of 170 child care centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, and North Carolina that participated in a larger study

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Quality in family child care and relative care
Kontos, Susan, 1995
New York: Teachers College Press

A comprehensive study of family child care and relative care from the perspective of families, children, and providers, including an analysis of child care quality as it relates to child development

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Research report: Early childhood care and education preferences among Latino families in Los Angeles
Zucker, Eleanor, June, 2007
Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Improving Child Care Quality.

A study of the child care and early education decisions of Latino families in Los Angeles, including perceptions of the availability of and barriers to child care and early education and family factors associated with these perceptions, based on open-ended, in-depth interviews with parents

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The Study of Children in Family Child Care and Relative Care: Highlights of findings
Galinsky, Ellen, 1994
New York: Families and Work Institute

A summary of findings from a comprehensive study of family child care and relative care from the perspective of families, children, and providers, including an analysis of child care quality as it relates to child development

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Then and now: Changes in child care staffing, 1994-2000: Technical report
Whitebook, Marcy, 2001
Washington, DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

A longitudinal investigation into the relationship characteristics of child care workers and the quality of care provided in center-based care, based on a surveys with the assistants, teachers, and directors of 85 child care centers in California

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Worthy work, unlivable wages: The National Child Care Staffing Study, 1988-1997
Whitebook, Marcy, 1998
Washington DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

A longitudinal study of trends in child care staff compensation, benefits, and turnover and their relationship to child care quality and children’s development, based on the National Child Care Staffing Study, 1988-1997

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