March 1-2, 2017
Sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC) brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss what we are learning from research that can help inform policy decisions for ACF, States, Territories, localities, and grantees and to consider the next steps in early care and education (ECE) research.
The CCEEPRC 2017 Annual Meeting was held on March 1-2, 2017, in Washington, DC. Materials for the CCEEPRC 2017 sessions are available through Research Connections.
In light of the growing integration in the ECE field, the CCEEPRC 2017 meeting brought together the excellent work and diverse perspectives of Consortium members examining related questions in different program and policy contexts. As such, we continued to welcome our Head Start research and evaluation grantees and contractors, in addition to our Child Care research and evaluation grantees and contractors. The complementary lenses helped to strengthen our understanding of early childhood policies and human services to promote the economic and social well-being of low-income and vulnerable children and families.
The discussions that took place at the meeting were designed to inform future research, including new methodologies, areas for deeper explorations, and critical gaps in next steps to strengthen the knowledge base and the bridges between research and policies. Plenary sessions addressed the implementation of Federal guidelines for Child Care and Development Fund programs and Head Start programs, State approaches to improving the early childhood workforce, research-to-policy translation, quality improvement in home based child care, and generally, a selection of topics highlighting some of the current challenges and opportunities for ECE policy research. Breakout sessions aimed to encourage discussions about how our individual inquiries and projects connect, how they inform each other and policy, and what comes next.