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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

Major Research Projects


Building momentum--taking action: Southern states collaborate on child care financial aid and quality initiatives
Southern Regional Initiative on Child Care, 2002
Columbia, SC: Southern Institute on Children and Families.

A summary of efforts to implement the Southern Regional Task Force on Child Care Action plan to improve access to child care assistance for low income families in the South, based on a survey of Task Force members and summaries of a regional child care forum and state site visits

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Child care arrangements for children under five: Variation across states
Capizzano, Jeffrey, 2000
(Series B, No. B-7). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of the primary child care arrangements of children under five whose mothers are employed, as well as of the variations in patterns of child care arrangements by state, by the child's age, and by the income status of the child's family.

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Child care expenses of America's families
Giannarelli, Linda, 2000
(Occasional Paper No. 40). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of the child care expenses of working families with children under age 13, with particular attention to low-income families.

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Child care survey results on funding and related policies in the Southern states
Southern Institute on Children and Families, 2004
Columbia, SC: Southern Institute on Children and Families.

Results from a survey of care funding and state-initiated policy changes related to funding shortages in the southern region of the United States

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Early learning left out: An examination in public investments in education and development by child age
Voices for America's Children, 2004
Washington, DC: Voices for America's Children. (No longer accessible as of December 7, 2012).

A report comparing levels of public investment in early learning to investment in education for other age groups across 12 states

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Getting and retaining child care assistance: How policy and practice influence parents experiences
Adams, Gina, 2002
(Occasional Paper No. 55). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of parents' interaction with the child care subsidy system and how state and local subsidy policies and practices affect parents' experiences. Particular attention is paid to the process of applying for and retaining subsidies.

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The hours that children under five spend in child care: Variation across states
Capizzano, Jeffrey, 2000
(Series B, No. B-8). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of the number of hours that children under five spent in child care while their mothers were at work and the variations in child care use by state, by the child's age, and by the income status of the child's family.

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The number of child care arrangements used by children under five: Variation across states
Capizzano, Jeffrey, 2000
(Series B, No. B-12). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of the consistent weekly use of multiple child care arrangements by employed mothers of preschool children, examining variations by state, child age, and family income level, and analyzing combinations of child care types, based on data from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF)

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Poised for shaping results-based early learning systems: A report on child care resource and referral in the United States
Smith, Linda K., June, 2003
Washington, DC: National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. (No longer accessible as of September 12, 2012)

A national study of child care resource and referral agencies, including services provided to parents and providers, sources and levels of agency funding, and agency data collecting activities, based on a survey of state child care resource and referral agencies

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Power to the people: The effectiveness of ballot measures in advancing early care and education
Chalfie, Deborah, 2005
Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center.

An analysis of the effectiveness of state and local ballot campaigns to improve the quality, availability, and affordability of child care and early education, based on legal research, public records, and interviews

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State child care profile for children with employed mothers: Alabama
Snyder, Kathleen, 2001
(State Profiles No. 01-16). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

An analysis of child care use by children of working mothers in Alabama, including data on types and numbers of child care arrangements, hours children spend in care, and dollar amounts families spend on child care

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Who's caring for our youngest children?: Child care patterns of infants and toddlers
Ehrle, Jennifer, 2001
(Occasional Paper No. 42). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A compendium of child care arrangements and characteristics for children under three years old, based on data from the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF)

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