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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 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 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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Cost functions, efficiency, and quality in day care centers
Mocan, H. Naci, 1997
Journal of Human Resources, 32(4), 861-891

A study contrasting the quality and efficiency of profit and nonprofit child care providers with differing amounts of child care experience

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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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Court mandates, free markets and the lottery: An exploration of facilities development in states with expanded preschool
Amer, Tarecq,
Oakland, CA: National Economic Development and Law Center.

A study of the approaches of five states to the expansion, renovation, and creation of public preschool facilities, and an identification of common elements relevant to California’s efforts to expand its preschool facilities

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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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Parents as child care consumers
Cryer, Debby, 1997
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 12(1), 35-58

A study of how parental quality ratings of aspects of child care are influenced by parental values, a selection from a larger study, Cost, Quality and Child Outcomes in Child Care Centers

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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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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-adjusted cost functions for child-care centers
Mocan, H. Naci, 1995
The American Economic Review, 85(2), 409-413

An investigation of efficiency and quality standards in full-time year-round for-profit and non-profit child care centers in four states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, and North Carolina)

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Relations between preschool children's child-care experiences and concurrent development: The Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Study
Peisner-Feinberg, Ellen S., 1997
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 43(3), 451-477

A longitudinal study of the effects of child care experiences on concurrent child outcomes, taking into account the quality of child care and the moderating influence of family and child characteristics.

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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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