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Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium

December 2-3, 2015

The Child Care Policy Research Consortium is a national alliance of research projects sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Consortium's purpose is to help ACF increase the national capacity for sound child care and early care and education research, explore the latest in research findings, questions and methods, engage in problem-solving around challenging issues and questions, and identify future research needs.

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium (CCPRC) was held on December 2—3, 2015, in Washington, DC. Materials for the CCPRC 2015 plenary sessions and workshops and the NSECE data workshop will be made available.

CCPRC 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Consortium where members reflected on the evolution and milestones of the Consortium over the past 20 years and how they contributed to visions of the future with an integrated early care and education system. As part of this process of reflection, the Consortium decided to change its name to better capture the growing integration in the early care and education field. The Consortium subsequently chose Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC) as its new name. In an ongoing effort to broaden the Consortium's focus, we welcomed our Head Start research and evaluation grantees and contractors to participate in the Consortium in addition to our Child Care research and evaluation grantees and contractors.

The topics and presentations that took place were intended to generate discussions that would inform future research, including new methodologies, deeper explorations, and next steps. Plenary sessions addressed CCDF Reauthorization and key provisions in the 2014 law and the Head Start NPRM, understanding access to high-quality early care and education, changing population demographics and insights from research on Hispanic children and families, national and local data on characteristics of Home Based Child Care (HBCC), and visions of the future of the Policy Research Consortium as it continues to evolve.

Plenaries and Workshops

An asterisk (*) indicates that a session summary has not been reviewed by the session lead.

Meeting Agenda

Pre-Meeting Session: Issues in Using Administrative Data to Answer Policy-Relevant Early Care and Education Research Questions
 
Opening: Federal Early Care and Education Policy Developments and Implications for Research

Plenary 1: Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Reauthorization and Head Start (HS) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM): Implications for Research and for the Field

Workshop Session A-1: Variation in CCDF Family Friendly Administrative Practices: What Varies and Why and How It Matters for Families and Children

Workshop Session A-2: Supporting Low-Income Children and Families through ACF's Early Childhood Training & Technical Assistance Transformation


Workshop Session A-3: Monitoring in the Context of CCDBG Reauthorization: A Discussion to Build a Research Agenda


Workshop Session A-4: What Does Curricula Mean in the Context of Working With Infants and Toddlers? And How Do We Verify How Curricula Are Being Used?


Workshop Session A-5: Preliminary Results from the Child Care Collaboration and Quality Study, Phase II, State and Local Levels in Two Partner States


National Survey of Early Care and Education: Questions and Answers on Using NSECE Data


Plenary 2: Understanding Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education (ECE)


Workshop Session B-1: Implementing Systems Change in ECE Professional Development (PD) Systems: Developing Resources for the Coming Decade


Workshop Session B-2: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Working Conditions and Provider Well-Being: Implications for Professional Development and Quality Across Diverse ECCE Providers


Workshop Session B-3: Findings From Studies of Quality Improvement (QI) in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)


Workshop Session B-4: Understanding Cost to Providing High Quality Care and Its Effects on Access


Workshop Session B-5: New Directions in Assessing Program Quality and Implementation: Updates from Two Measurement Development Projects


Workshop Session C-1: Distributing Child Care Subsidies through Contracts: Child, Family, and Provider Perspectives

Workshop Session C-2: Recent Findings from QRIS Validation Studies

Workshop Session C-3: The Importance of Early Care and Education for Populations with Unique Needs


Workshop Session C-4: Infant/Toddler Workforce Preparation and Competencies


Workshop Session C-5: State and National Data on the Early Childhood Workforce: Comparing State Workforce Registries With Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE)


CCPRC 20th Anniversary Event

 

Plenary 3: Who We Are Becoming: Changing Population Demographics and Insights from Research on Hispanic Children and Families

Workshop Session D-1: Changing Demographics: Implications for ECE Research and Service Delivery With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children


Workshop Session D-2: Using Findings from Child Care Research Partnerships to Inform Policies to Improve the Quality and Stability of Child Care and Early Education for Low-Income Families


Workshop Session D-3: Opportunities and Challenges in Linking Administrative Data in Social Policy Research


Workshop Session D-4: Building and Studying Cultures of Quality Improvement and Innovation in Early Care and Education Programs


Workshop Session D-5: Exploring Two-Generation Initiatives: Research, Policy, and Practice


Plenary 4: Home-Based Child Care Providers: Who Are They? What Do They Need?


Workshop Session E-1: Improving Quality among Home-Based Child Care Providers


Workshop Session E-2: Exploring the Intersection between the Labor Market Realities Facing Low-Income Families and Child Care


Workshop Session E-3: Subsidy Policies to Promote Quality and Stability of Early Care and Education (ECE)


Workshop Session E-4: QRIS 3.0: Feedback from Practice and Research on the Next Generation of QRIS


Workshop Session E-5: Understanding the Costs of Early Care and Education Quality


Plenary 5: Child Care Policy Research Consortium: Looking Forward