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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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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 and the development of behavior problems among economically disadvantaged children in middle childhood
Votruba-Drzal, Elizabeth, September/October 2010
Child Development, 81(5), 1460-1474

A study of the relationship between low-income children's development of behavior problems during middle childhood and child care quality, extent and type of care, as well as an examination of child characteristics, gender, and race-ethnicity, as moderators of the development of behavior problems, based on data from 349 7- through 11-year-old participants in the Three-City Study

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Child care and low-income children's development: Direct and moderated effects
Votruba-Drzal, Elizabeth, 2004
Child Development, 75(1), 296-312

A study determining the effect of child care quality on low-income children's cognitive and social development, utilizing data from the Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study

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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 experiences in low-income communities: Developmental quality and maternal views
Li-Grining, Christine P., 2006
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21(2), 125-141

A study of child care quality in low-income urban communities, including types of child care used and degree to which settings met children’s and mothers’ needs, based on data from a longitudinal welfare study: Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study

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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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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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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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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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Inside the pre-kindergarten door: Classroom climate and instructional time allocation in Tulsa's pre-k programs
Phillips, Deborah A., May, 2009
(CROCUS Working Paper No. 13). Washington, DC: Georgetown University, Center for Research on Children in the United States.

A study of classroom climate and academic instruction in public prekindergarten programs in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a comparison of classroom climate and academic instruction in Tulsa prekindergarten classrooms to classroom processes in Head Start and other state prekindergarten classrooms, and an examination of classroom and teacher characteristics associated with variations in classroom climate and academic instruction

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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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Out-of-school care and problem behavior trajectories among low-income adolescents: Individual, family, and neighborhood characteristics as added risks
Coley, Rebekah L., 2004
Child Development, 75(3), 948-965

A study examining the effects of out-of-school care on at risk adolescents' behavioral outcomes, utilizing longitudinal data from Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study

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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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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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State child care profile for children with employed mothers: Texas
Snyder, Kathleen, 2001
(State Profiles No. 01-23). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A profile of child care in Texas that analyzed the types and number of child care arrangements used by families, the hours children spent in care, and the amount of money families spent on care, as well as variations by the child's age and family income status.

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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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