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The 2005 child care licensing study: Final report
National Association for Regulatory Administration, December 2006
Conyers, GA: National Association for Regulatory Administration.

A compilation of survey data on state child care licensing programs and policies, including staffing, monitoring, and enforcement, and child care center licensing regulations, for all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2005

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The 2007 Child Care Licensing Study: Final report
National Child Care Information Center (U.S.), February, 2009
Lexington, KY: National Association for Regulatory Administration.

A compilation of survey data on state licensing programs and policies for child care centers and small and large family child care homes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2007

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2012 The State of the Nation's Training and Trainer Registries and Approval Systems
National Registry Alliance, May, 2013
Washington, DC: National Registry Alliance.

A study of the characteristics of state and regional registries of early childhood and school-age trainings and trainers, based on survey responses from 32 registries

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2013 state of states' early childhood data systems
Early Childhood Data Collaborative, February, 2014
(Publication No. 2014-06). Washington, DC: Early Childhood Data Collaborative.

In July 2013, the ECDC surveyed 50 states and the District of Columbia to assess state early childhood data systems. The survey, completed by state education, health, and social services staff, focused on these three key aspects of state data systems, taken from ECDC's 10 Fundamentals: Do states have the ability to securely link child-level data across ECE programs and to other state data systems, including K-12, health, and social services? Do states collect developmental screening, assessment, and kindergarten entry data to examine children's developmental status and service needs? Do states have an ECE data governance structure designated to support the development and use of a coordinated longitudinal ECE data system? (author abstract)

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The 4-H study of positive youth development: Report of the findings from the first four waves of data collection: 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006
Lerner, Richard M., 2008
Medford, MA: Tufts University, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development.

A longitudinal investigation of the theory of Positive Youth Development (PYD) and its promotion of the "Five Cs"--competence, confidence, character, caring, and connection--in youth, based on data on 3,342 students from 33 states assessed from grades five through eight

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The 50-state Child Care Licensing Study: 2011-2013 edition
National Association for Regulatory Administration,
Lexington, KY: National Association for Regulatory Administration.

A study of licensing procedures in each state, including licensing practices, regulatory requirements, and operations for family child care providers, group child care homes, and child care centers, based on a survey of state child care licensing agencies, an online database of regulatory requirements, and follow-up contacts with states to verify information in the database

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Achieving, connecting, thriving: The ACT Results Framework for Boston youth: Project background, methodology and recommended next steps
O'Connor, Liz, 05 October, 2010
Boston: Boston After School & Beyond.

An examination of efforts in Boston, Massachusetts, to establish a citywide framework for out-of-school time program outcomes in the domains of achieving, connecting, and thriving (ACT), based on interviews and focus groups with local and national stakeholders, a review of other outcomes frameworks, stakeholder feedback on draft frameworks, and a survey of out-of-school time providers

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Achieving high school graduation: Citizen Schools' youth outcomes in Boston
Arcaira, Erikson, August, 2010
Boston, MA: Citizen Schools. (No longer accessible as of January 18, 2013.)

Findings from an evaluation of the seventh year of a longitudinal investigation into the influence of participation in Citizen Schools' 8th Grade Academy on students' later academic achievement, based on data for 448 participants from Boston, Massachusetts followed from high school selection to high school graduation

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Achieving a state of healthy weight: 2011 update
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (U.S.), June, 2012
Aurora, CO: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care.

An update to a study of the extent to which state child care regulations meet standards related to obesity prevention in the areas of infant feeding, nutrition, and physical activity

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Achieving a state of healthy weight: 2012 update
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (U.S.), June, 2013
Aurora, CO: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care.

An update to a study of the extent to which state child care regulations meet standards related to obesity prevention in the areas of infant feeding, nutrition, and physical activity

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Achieving a state of healthy weight: A national assessment of obesity prevention terminology in child care regulations 2010
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (U.S.), January, 2011
Aurora, CO: National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care.

A study of the extent to which state child care regulations meet standards related to obesity prevention in the areas of infant feeding, nutrition, and physical activity

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Acute care and antibiotic seeking for upper respiratory tract infections for children in day care: Parental knowledge and day care center policies
Friedman, Jennifer F., April 2003
Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 157(4), 369-374

A study of predictors of the parental seeking of acute care and antibiotics for children with upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) who attend child care, based on surveys of 211 parents and staff from 36 child care centers

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All together now: State experiences in using community-based child care to provide pre-kindergarten
Schumacher, Rachel, 2005
Paper presented at the the Brookings Institution-University of North Carolina conference on Creating a national plan for the education of 4-year-olds, Washington, DC.

A discussion of the findings from a survey of 29 states that examines the policies, opportunities, and challenges associated with including community-based child care providers in states' prekindergarten programs

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All together now: State experiences in using community-based child care to provide pre-kindergarten
Schumacher, Rachel, 2005
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

A discussion of the findings from a survey of 29 states conducted by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), which examined the policies, opportunities, and challenges associated with including community based child care providers as part of the states' prekindergarten programs

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America After 3PM
Afterschool Alliance, October 2009
Washington, DC: Afterschool Alliance.

A 2009 update of and comparison to a 2004 study of the after school child care arrangements of kindergarten through grade 12 students, based on a survey of nearly 30,000 households

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America After 3PM: Special report on summer: Missed opportunities, unmet demand
Afterschool Alliance, May 2010
Washington, DC: Afterschool Alliance.

A study of the summer child care arrangements of kindergarten through grade 12 students during the summer of 2008, based on a survey of nearly 30,000 households

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Analysis of state K-3 reading standards and assessments: Final report
United States. Department of Education. Policy and Program Studies Service, December 2005
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Policy and Program Studies Service.

An examination of the extent to which state kindergarten through third grade (K-3) reading standards and assessments address five components essential to effective reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension), based on an analysis of a stratified, random sample of states' reading standards and on the content of reading assessments in states with statewide assessments

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Announced v. unannounced licensing inspections: Survey report
National Association for Regulatory Administration, 1997
Conyers, GA: National Association for Regulatory Administration.

Results from a survey about the requirements and practices of announced and unannounced licensing inspections by child care, child welfare, drug and alcohol, adult day care, and mental health licensing professionals in 40 different states/provinces/territories

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Another look at moral panics: The case of satanic day care centers
deYoung, Mary, 1998
Deviant Behavior, 19(3), 257-278

An examination of moral panic and a discussion of its theory and use and future implications in society as an agent of change

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Apples, giraffes, and Martin Luther King: Curriculum policy in a kindergarten classroom
Davila, Sarah S., 2006
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Tufts University, Somerville, MA

An observational study of how a kindergarten teacher combined her knowledge and beliefs about early education with four state, local, and national curriculum initiatives, including No Child Left Behind and the National Association for the Education of Young Children's accreditation standards

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Are child developmental outcomes related to before- and after-school care arrangements?: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network, 2004
Child Development, 75(1), 280-295

A study determining the effects of family factors, child care types, and child care hours on children's functioning, utilizing data from the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care (SECC)

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Are state child care regulations meeting national oral health and nutritional standards?
Kim, Juhee, July/August 2012
Pediatric Dentistry, 34(4), 317-324

A study of state child care regulations in the United States in terms of their inclusion of selected oral health and nutrition standards related to early childhood dental cavities, based on a review of regulations in 50 states and the District of Columbia, from the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

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Assessing Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) investments in child care quality
Porter, Toni, 2002
New York: Bank Street College of Education, Institute for a Child Care Continuum. (No longer accessible as of August 16, 2012)

A catalog, directory, and report on the evaluations of 104 local and state child care quality improvement initiatives funded through the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)

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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 Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT): Findings from the APT Validation Study
Tracy, Allison J., 2012
Wellesley, MA: National Institute on Out-of-School Time.

Findings from an exploration of the validity and reliability of the Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT), an observational measure of quality in after school programs, based on observations conducted in 25 after school programs in Massachusetts and on survey responses from 824 children in the programs

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