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.