Maryland recently made a major change in its administration of the federal child care subsidy program. Through late 2015, county departments of social services provided case management for families applying for and receiving child care subsidies. In late 2015, Maryland shifted case management to a private, centralized system. On behalf of Child Trends, a webinar will be held on Thursday, September 28th 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, to provide an overview of the centralization process, discuss challenges, and provide an early look at how centralizing may help Maryland achieve its goal of improving the stability of subsidized child care arrangements.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Purdue University is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor with an expertise in early childhood development and early learning (birth through 8 yrs.). The successful candidate will be responsible for initiating, conducting, and publishing research, including procuring internal and external funding; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, including courses in the early childhood teacher licensure program; mentoring graduate students; and engaging in service at the campus, community, state, and/or national level. Desirable areas of expertise include early literacy, early STEM learning, or other specializations in early care and education. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or comparable degree.
Research Connections recently added a Variables tab to its search results page, allowing researchers more direct access to locating and comparing variables of interest across studies.
When you conduct a search, simply click on the Variables tab to see a list of variables that matches the term you entered. From here, you can navigate from the variable to the study homepage or select variables to compare frequencies as well as look at differences in the question text.
A number of meta-analytic research reviews have examined the impact of after school programs on children's outcomes. These reviews show after school programs have positive effects on personal and social skills, reading and math, and academic achievement for at-risk students. Additionally, these reviews, as well as other reviews and studies, have helped to identify specific aspects of after school programs associated with positive child outcomes. These promising findings on the role of after school programs and their particular features in supporting children's development have encouraged a number of stakeholders to invest in after school systems.
This Research-to-Policy Resource List focuses on resources in the Research Connections collection published in the past ten years that focus on building high-quality after schools systems. The resources on this list have been assigned to the following categories: building systems, improving quality, supporting the workforce, and sustaining program finances.
The School Readiness Consulting (SRC) is looking for an Evaluation Associate to support projects in the organization's expanding Evaluation Division. The Evaluation Associate supports research and data collection projects across School Readiness Consulting's (SRC) national Evaluation portfolio. Evaluation Associate responsibilities include project coordination, supporting data collection teams, leading research interviews and focus groups, conducting classroom observations and child assessments, managing and analyzing project data, writing and communicating findings to a variety of audiences, and providing support for funding proposals. He/she contributes to SRC's social media strategy in the Evaluation area, and also supports SRC's internal operations as part of an organization-wide associate team. A Master's degree in Education or related field is preferred. The Evaluation Associate works from SRC's office in Silver Spring, MD and reports to the Director of Evaluation.
Now in the Research Connections collection, a webinar produced by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research demonstrates ICPSR's Deposit Manager System, released in June 2017. A PowerPoint presentation accompanies the webinar. ICPSR's Deposit Manager provides data depositors more control over how data and documentation files are presented to the ICPSR curation team and more communication regarding project status and updates. This customizable deposit workspace offers more flexibility in terms of accepted files types and sizes, project deposit collaboration space, and a history and deposit status that will initiate with your first deposit into the new system.
The University of Maryland Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention (CECEI) is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate who has strong quantitative expertise and interest in applied developmental research in the early childhood arena. The initial full-time appointment will be for two years, starting on August 15, 2017, with the possibility of a renewal depending on available funding. The position involves contributing to evaluations of a high-quality early care and education program, an Early Head Start-child care partnership, and a prekindergarten program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Education, Human Development, or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment. In addition, successful applicants will have significant expertise in quantitative methods, with experience both in large-scale data sets and small-scale original studies.
In defining science education for young children, a report from the National Academy of Sciences highlights the importance of focusing on scientific exploration and inquiry rather than on facts and information. Currently most young children are not exposed to high quality science experiences in the early childhood classroom as many early educators lack time, space, materials, as well as content knowledge and confidence in teaching science content and methods. In order to ensure that scientific inquiry is integrated into the early childhood classroom there is a need to better prepare early childhood educators in science content, methods, and pedagogy. This resource list identifies resources from 2010 to 2017 that highlight resources on science in early care and education under the following categories: 1) Policy resources, 2) Promising practices, 3) Professional development and teacher preparation.