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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 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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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 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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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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Family and individual predictors of child care use by low-income families in different policy contexts
Huston, Aletha C., 2002
(The Next Generation Working Paper Series No. 9). New York: MDRC.

A study of the impact of family and child characteristics on low income parents' use of child care, child care quality and receipt of child care subsidies.

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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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Instability in child care: Ethnographic evidence from working poor families in the New Hope intervention
Lowe, Edward D., 2003
(Next Generation Working Paper Series No. 15). New York: MDRC.

A study of the influence of financial and material resources, social network supports, interpersonal balance in the family, family goals and values, and the stability of the daily routine in changes or stability in child care choices, using data from the New Hope intervention

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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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State child care profile for children with employed mothers: Wisconsin
Snyder, Kathleen, 2001
(State Profiles No. 01-24). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

An analysis of child care use in Wisconsin, including types and number of child care arrangements, hours spent in care, and amount of money spent on care, with variations by children'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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Wisconsin school readiness indicator initiative: The status of school readiness indicators in Wisconsin
Wisconsin. Office of the Governor, 2003
Madison: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.

A discussion of the 2001-2002 Wisconsin School Readiness Indicator Initiative which aimed to build an agenda for improving school readiness and early school success through defining comprehensively school readiness, identifying indicators proven relevant to school readiness, and an assessment of available state administrative data on these indicators

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''You have to push it--who's gonna raise your kids?'': Situating child care and child care subsidy use in the daily routines of lower-income families
Lowe, Edward D., 2001
(The Next Generation Working Paper Series No. 7). New York: MDRC.

A study of the factors explaining the low and episodic use of center-based child care and child care subsidy programs, on the basis of data from the New Hope Ethnographic Study.

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