Annual Meeting of the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium

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.

Plenaries and Workshops

All session summaries have been reviewed by session leads.

Meeting Agenda

Plenary Session 1: Update on the Implementation of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014

Breakout Session A-1: Mapping the Supply and Demand of Child Care and Early Education Programs: Researcher Insights and Evidence-Based Policy Tools To Make Government More Effective

Breakout Session A-2: Advances in Providing Multilevel Support for Coaching and Individualized Professional Development

Breakout Session A-3: Capacity-Building for State- and Territory-Level Child Care and Development Block Grant Implementation Research and Evaluation

Breakout Session A-4: Use of Early Care and Education Among Special Populations

Breakout Session A-5: Innovations in the National Survey of Early Care and Education Data: Local Cost Adjustments, Identification of Subsidy Receipt, and Combinations of Care

Plenary Session 2: Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: State Approaches to Increasing Workforce Qualifications

Breakout Session B-1: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Methods Workshop Panel: Using GIS and Spatial Analysis To Advance Child Care and Early Education Policy Analysis and Research

Breakout Session B-2: Implications for Policy of New Research on the Qualifications and Compensation of the Early Childhood Workforce

Breakout Session B-3: Instability in Early Care and Education: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Implications

Breakout Session B-4: Two-Generation Program Approaches: Strengthening the Research Base for Emerging Programs

Breakout Session B-5: Implications of New Research and Policy for Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

Plenary Session 3: Research-to-Policy Translation for Generating Evidence-Based Child Care and Early Education Policy

Breakout Session C-1: Examining Early Care and Education Use and Access Among Hispanics and Immigrants From Three Complementary Perspectives: National Survey Data, State-Focused Qualitative Data, and State CCDF Policy Analysis

Breakout Session C-2: Financing High-Quality Early Care and Education for All Children

Breakout Session C-3: Efforts To Increase the Inclusion and Engagement of Young Children with Disabilities in Early Care and Education

Breakout Session C-4: Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education: What is the Role of Professional Development?

Breakout Session C-5: Collaboration and Coordination Across the Early Care and Education System

Plenary Session 4: Quality Improvement in Home-Based Child Care at the State, Community, and Agency Levels

Breakout Session D-1: Measuring Quality in Home-Based Child Care: Implications for Research

Breakout Session D-2: Building More Culturally Responsive and Valid Research: Considering Different Methods With Underrepresented Populations

Breakout Session D-3: Access to Early Care and Education: Definitions, Data and Implications for Subsidy Payment Rates

Breakout Session D-4: Using Technology for the Professional Development of Infant and Toddler Caregivers and Teachers

Breakout Session D-5: Innovative Methods for Improving Quality in Early Care and Education

Closing Session: CCEEPRC 2017 Annual Meeting Reflections and Next Steps for the Field