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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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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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Can teacher training in classroom management make a difference for children's experience in preschool?: A preview of findings from the Foundations of Learning demonstration
Morris, Pamela A., September, 2009
New York: MDRC.

Preliminary findings from Newark, New Jersey, sites of an implementation and random-assignment impact evaluation of Foundations of Learning (FOL), a preschool teacher training intervention to support children's behavioral and emotional development, that examined FOL effects on children's behavior and classroom management and instruction

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The Foundations of Learning demonstration: Making preschool more productive: How classroom management training can help teachers
Morris, Pamela A., November, 2010
New York: MDRC.

Findings from Newark, New Jersey, sites of an implementation and random-assignment impact evaluation of Foundations of Learning (FOL), a preschool teacher training intervention to support children's behavioral and emotional development, that examined FOL effects on classroom management and instruction and children's behavior

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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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Getting organized: Unionizing home-based child care providers
Chalfie, Deborah, 2007
Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center.

An examination of statewide efforts to allow home-based child care workers, including licensed family child care providers and regulation-exempt family, friend, and neighbor caregivers receiving subsidies, to join unions

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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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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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Promoting preschool quality through effective classroom management: Implementation lessons from the Foundations of Learning demonstration
Lloyd, Chrishana M., December, 2009
New York: MDRC.

An examination of the impact of the implementation of the Foundations of Learning (FOL) program, a teacher-oriented classroom management intervention for preschool teachers that includes in-class clinical consultations, on teachers’ ability to manage children’s behavior and deal with stress, based on data on a sample of teachers from 26 FOL demonstration classrooms and 25 control classrooms in Newark, New Jersey

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State child care profile for children with employed mothers: New Jersey
Snyder, Kathleen, 2001
(State Profiles No. 01-20). Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A profile of child care in New Jersey 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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Supporting family, friend and neighbor caregivers: Findings from a survey of state policies
Porter, Toni, 2005
New York: Bank Street College of Education, Institute for a Child Care Continuum. (No longer accessible as of August 16, 2012)

An examination of state regulatory policies for kith and kin child care providers receiving government subsidies

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Understanding quality in context: Child care centers, communities, markets, and public policy
Rohacek, Monica, 2010
Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

A study of child care center directors' definitions of child care quality, the quality of care in the directors' centers, and the relationship between director and center characteristics and center quality, based on in-depth interviews with directors in 38 centers across 4 county sites and observations of quality in the 38 centers

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Using classroom management to improve preschoolers' social and emotional skills: Final impact and implementation findings from the Foundations of Learning demonstration in Newark and Chicago
Morris, Pamela A., January, 2013
New York: MDRC.

Findings from an evaluation of Foundations of Learning, a preschool teacher training intervention to support children's behavioral and emotional development, that examine program implementation, program impacts on classroom management and instruction and on children's behavior, and program costs and benefits, based on multiple sources of child, teacher, and classroom data collected at 71 randomly-assigned preschools in Newark, New Jersey, and Chicago, Illinois

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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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