National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) Webinar: Defining Type of Care in the NSECE

21 Mar 2017

A webinar produced by NORC at the University of Chicago discusses type of care definitions as related to those used in the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) data files, particularly the Household Survey, the Center-Based Provider Survey, and the Home-Based Provider Survey.

A PowerPoint presentation accompanies the webinar, which presents a brief overview of the NSECE design that provides researchers with some flexibility in defining types of care for various analyses. Similarities and differences in types of care across data files are also addressed. Please check out the Research Connections NSECE resource page for more information and resources on this topic.

Attend a Workshop: Data in the Desert Workshop Analysis of Longitudinal Social Network Data June 19-23, 2017, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

21 Mar 2017

The first annual Data in the Desert workshop hosted by Arizona State University is the beginning of an advanced methods training series focusing on innovations in statistical analyses for the social scientist. The Data in the Desert Workshop will take place June 19-23, 2017 focusing on the project planning, data collection, and analysis of longitudinal social network data. The objective to the Data in the Desert annual workshop series is to provide unique opportunity for scholars in fields such as psychology, sociology, biology, business, as well as the developmental and social sciences more broadly to begin to understand the intricacies and complexities of interpersonal relationship data, as well as longitudinal social network data more generally. Participants will leave with the ability to form a research question, design and execute a study, and successfully analyze longitudinal social network data. This workshop is designed with personal consulting in mind. Groups are small to allow time for personal project planning.

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New Data: Head Start CARES Additional File (Parent Follow-Up Survey)

07 Mar 2017

Research Connections recently added a new file to the Head Start CARES Study. The child-level tracking data file includes parent-reported data collected in elementary school for children from the Head Start CARES sample. It includes information from parents about children?s location and grade, social skills and problem behaviors at home, and receipt of special services. The Head Start CARES tracking data allow for the opportunity to conduct an ongoing investigation of the Head Start CARES sample as children moved through elementary school.

New Data: Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database, 2015

21 Feb 2017

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides federal money to States and Territories to provide assistance to low-income families receiving or in transition from temporary public assistance, to obtain quality child care so they can work, attend training, or receive education. Within the broad federal parameters, states and territories set the detailed policies. Those details determine whether a particular family will or will not be eligible for subsidies, how much the family will have to pay for the care, how families apply for and retain subsidies, the maximum amounts that child care providers will be reimbursed, and the administrative procedures that providers must follow. Thus, while CCDF is a single program from the perspective of federal law, it is in practice a different program in every state and territory.

The CCDF Policies Database project is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of inter-related sources of CCDF policy information that support the needs of a variety of audiences through (1) Analytic Data Files and (2) a Book of Tables. These are made available to researchers, administrators, and policymakers with the goal of addressing important questions concerning the effects of alternative child care subsidy policies and practices on the children and families served, specifically parental employment and self-sufficiency, the availability and quality of care, and children's development.

Apply for a Position: Temporary and Permanent Positions Studying State-Level CCDF Policies, The Urban Institute

21 Feb 2017

The Urban Institute is looking for highly capable and committed researchers to join the team that develops and disseminates the CCDF Policies Database. That database--funded by HHS/ACF and available through Research Connections--is the go-to source for detailed information on the state-by-state operation of federally-funded child care subsidy programs. The project is looking for a mid-level Research Associate to become a full-time permanent staff member. This person will spend about half-time on this project--developing in-depth knowledge of policies, communicating with state staff, and disseminating the information--and half-time on other Urban Institute research projects, which might include work with microsimulation modeling, quantitative analysis of survey data, or qualitative research. The project also needs Research Interns to work this summer for a minimum of 10 weeks, reviewing state policy documents and updating the database coding. The people hired for both the full-time job and the summer jobs will need to start no later than the end of May.

Apply for a Position: Research Professor/Co-Director for Early Education Program Practice and Policy, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

21 Feb 2017

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts research and analysis on early childhood education policy and provides independent, research-based information and technical assistance designed to inform state and national policy. NIEER is a unit of the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ. NIEER is seeking a Research Professor/Co-Director to assume major leadership responsibilities for the development and management of research, development of assessments including assessments of practice, and the provision of professional development and technical assistance relating to systems design and large-scale implementation of early learning initiatives. Doctoral degree in early childhood education, child development, developmental psychology or related field is required.

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Apply for Summer Program: ICPSR 2017 Summer Program Scholarships, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

07 Feb 2017

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is offering funds to support training in statistics, quantitative methods, research design, and data analysis. ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships are open to advanced graduate students (unless stated otherwise) in the specified disciplines, fields, or areas of research. All ICPSR Summer Program scholarships cover registration fees for one or both four-week sessions in the 2017 ICPSR Summer Program. The application deadline for all 2017 ICPSR Summer Program scholarships is March 31, 2017.

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Apply for a Fellowship: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Early Childhood Research, Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research/Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools

25 Jan 2017

The Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research (NAECR) and the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in partnership with the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, are pleased to offer a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship beginning on or around June 1, 2017. The fellowship is part of the Institute for Educational Sciences-funded Early Learning Network, a collective group of research and assessment teams located at six universities and research centers across the country. The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare early childhood education researchers to collaborate in and conduct high-quality, rigorous research that advances the knowledge base in ways that inform early childhood policy and practice. Qualified applicants will have obtained a doctoral degree in psychology, educational psychology, special education, or a related field by approximately May 31, 2017.

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