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The ABCD Story: A model for learning
BTW Informing Change, January, 2009
(Report to the Community Issue VII). San Francisco: Low Income Investment Fund.

A description of the Affordable Buildings for Children?s Development (ABCD) Initiative and its influence on the promotion of the structural quality of child care and early education facilities in California, with a focus on the financing, capacity building, development assistance, and advocacy program components of the initiative

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Achieving high-quality child care: How ten programs deliver excellence parents can afford
Kinch, Amy,
Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

A study of the characteristics and fundamentals of a high quality and affordable early childhood program by highlighting ten highly-rated child care programs

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Assessing child-care quality with a telephone interview
Holloway, Susan D., 2001
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 16(2), 165-189

A test of the viability of telephone surveys as an alternative to direct observation methods to assess quality in child care sites, based on a comparison of assessments of 89 family child-care homes and 92 centers using both methods

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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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Beyond homes and centers: The workforce in three California early childhood infrastructure organizations
Whitebook, Marcy, 2010
Berkeley, CA: University of California, Berkeley, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment.

A profile of workers in three types early childhood infrastructure organizations--child care resource and referral agencies, First 5 commissions, and child care coordinators--based on a survey of 1,558 workers in infrastructure organizations in California in 2009

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Can child care assistance in welfare and employment programs support the employment of low-income families?
Gennetian, Lisa A., 2004
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 23(4), 723-743

An investigation of different welfare and employment programs with child care assistance policies and their effects on employment rates and child care decisions of low income families

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Center-based child care staff in Alameda County: The California Child Care Workforce Study
Whitebook, Marcy, 2003
Washington, DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

An investigation of the current status of the child care workforce in Alameda County, California; one in a series of reports regarding the characteristics of licensed child care center staff and family child care providers in seven different California counties

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Center-based child care staff in Kern County: The California Child Care Workforce Study
Whitebook, Marcy, 2003
Washington, DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

An investigation of the current status of the child care workforce in Kern County, California; one in a series of reports regarding the characteristics of licensed child care center staff and family child care providers in seven different California counties

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Center-based child care staff in Monterey County: The California Child Care Workforce Study
Whitebook, Marcy, 2003
Washington, DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

An investigation of the current status of the child care workforce in Monterey County, California; one in a series of reports regarding the characteristics of licensed child care center staff and family child care providers in seven different California counties

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Center-based child care staff in Santa Clara County: The California Child Care Workforce Study
Whitebook, Marcy, 2003
Washington, DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

An investigation of the current status of the child care workforce in Santa Clara County, California; one in a series of reports regarding the characteristics of licensed child care center staff and family child care providers in seven different California counties

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Center-based child care staff in Santa Cruz County: The California Child Care Workforce Study
Whitebook, Marcy, 2003
Washington, DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

A survey of Santa Cruz County's licensed child care centers supplied information on center staff and turnover rate, educational preparations, wages, retirement benefits, and collective bargaining status

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Center-based child care staff in San Benito County: The California Child Care Workforce Study
Whitebook, Marcy, 2003
Washington, DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

An investigation of the current status of the child care workforce in San Benito County, California; one in the second round of a series of reports regarding the characteristics of licensed child care center staff and family child care providers in different California counties

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Center-based child care staff in San Francisco County: The California Child Care Workforce Study
Whitebook, Marcy, 2003
Washington, DC: The Center for the Child Care Workforce.

A survey of San Francisco County's licensed child care centers supplied information on center staff and turnover rate, educational preparations, wages, retirement benefits, and collective bargaining status

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Center-based child care staff in San Mateo County: The California Child Care Workforce Study
Whitebook, Marcy, 2003
Washington, DC: Center for the Child Care Workforce.

A survey of San Mateo County's licensed child care centers supplied information on center staff and turnover rate, educational preparations, wages, retirement benefits, and collective bargaining status

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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 needs assessment: 1999-2000 San Mateo County
Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County, 2000
San Mateo, CA: Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County.

An assessment of the supply of and demand for, as well as factors affecting access to, child care services in San Mateo County, California

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Child care quality: Centers and home settings that serve poor families
Fuller, Bruce, 2004
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 19(4), 505-527

A multi-site, longitudinal study examining the quality of child care settings chosen by low-income mothers enrolled in welfare-to-work programs

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Child care subsidies and the employment of welfare recipients
Meyers, Marcia K., 2002
Demography, 39(1), 165-179

A study examining the probability that low-income single mothers in California will receive child care subsidies and the effect this has on their labor market activity

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Child care subsidies and the employment of welfare recipients
Meyers, Marcia K., 1999
(Working Paper No. 15). Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, UC Data Archive & Technical Assistance.

A study examining the probability that low-income single mothers in California will receive child care subsidies and the effect this has on their employment.

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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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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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Children's social and cognitive development and child-care quality: Testing for differential associations related to poverty, gender, or ethnicity
Burchinal, Margaret, 2000
Applied Developmental Science, 4(3), 149-165

A study of the influence of poverty, minority ethnic background, gender, and parental authoritarian beliefs on the relationship between child care quality and children’s developmental outcomes

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Collective management of early childhood programs: Approaches that aim to maximize efficiency, help improve quality and stabilize the industry
Stoney, Louise, 2004
Raleigh, NC: Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center.

A report presenting a catalog of collective management approaches currently used by child care services across the United States

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