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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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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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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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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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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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Connecticut's child care workforce: A report on findings from the 2001 Child Care Market and Workforce Study
King, Jean, 2003
Farmington, CT: Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

An analysis of wages and health benefits of teachers in a sample of licensed child care centers, and compensation and qualifications of family child care providers

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Connecticut's Head Start workforce: An analysis of 2000-2001 program year data on salaries and educational qualifications
King, Jean, 2003
Farmington, CT: Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

An analysis of data on the wages and educational attainment levels of teachers and assistant teachers in Connecticut center based Head Start programs in the 2000-2001 program year

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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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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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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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How welfare reform affects young children: Experimental findings from Connecticut
Loeb, Susanna, 2003
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 22(4), 537-550

A study of the effects of mothers’ rising employment levels and program participation on young children’s early learning and cognitive growth, comparing participant outcomes in Connecticut’s Jobs First program and a traditional welfare program

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New lives for poor families?: Mothers and young children move through welfare reform: The Growing Up in Poverty Project: Wave 2 findings: California, Connecticut, and Florida: Technical report
Fuller, Bruce, 2002
Berkeley: Policy Analysis for California Education.

A study of the long-term effects of welfare reform on mothers' employment, children's development, and family well-being among a sample of mothers and preschool-age children who entered new welfare programs in California, Connecticut, and Florida

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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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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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Reshaping administrative databases into tools for policy-relevant research: An inventory and analysis of state databases on early childhood
Duran, Frances, 2003
Farmington, CT: Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

An inventory and analysis of administrative databases used by Connecticut state agencies for managing programs and aggregating data on child populations and social services for children and families

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Stability and change in child care and employment: Evidence from three states
Miller, Cynthia, 2005
(Next Generation Working Paper Series No. 20). New York: MDRC.

An examination of patterns of child care use and employment stability among welfare recipients in Connecticut, Florida, and Minnesota

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Welfare reform and children: A synthesis of impacts in five states: The Project on State-Level Child Outcomes
Tout, Kathryn, 2004
Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

A compilation of findings from the Project on State-Level Child Outcome, a longitudinal evaluation of how welfare programs in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota impacted participating children and adults

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