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Recent Highlights from Our Research and Policy Library

Below are highlights from our most recent acquisitions.

A resource guide for developing integrated strategies to support the social and emotional wellness of children

A resource guide for developing integrated strategies to support the social and emotional wellness of children
National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, 01/01/2021
U.S. Office of Child Care. https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/public/resource_guide_to_support_social_and_emotional_wellness_508_compliant_0.pdf

This guide offers guidance, frameworks, and examples from Child Care and Development Fund program grantees. It can be useful to decisionmakers who are intent on supporting children’s social-emotional wellness.

Head Start and families' recovery from economic recession: Policy recommendations for COVID-19

Head Start and families' recovery from economic recession: Policy recommendations for COVID-19
Scarborough, William J., 02/01/2021

This publicly available journal article looks to the Great Recession (2007-2009) for information about the economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The article examines the enrollment rates of Head Start programs during the Great Recession and shows that higher rates of enrollment were associated with smaller increases in family poverty. These results may be of interest to policymakers looking to mitigate the effects of an economic recession on young families.

New evidence on teacher turnover in early childhood

New evidence on teacher turnover in early childhood
Bassok, Daphna, 03/01/2021

This article explores teacher turnover in early care and education (ECE) settings. It uses data collected by the state of Louisiana as part of its quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The data help answer questions about whether teachers who leave differ significantly from teachers who stay. Data reveal that a significant majority of teachers who leave do not teach in different programs the following year, and that turnover rates are higher among teachers working with young children. This resource may be helpful to policymakers looking to understand ECE turnover rates.

Prices reported by center-based early care and education providers: Associations with indicators of quality

Prices reported by center-based early care and education providers: Associations with indicators of quality
Madill, Rebecca, 11/01/2020
(OPRE Report No. 2020-148). U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/opre/CCEEPRA%20Price%20and%20Quality%20508.pdf

This report uses data from center-based providers to look at the relationship between price of child care and quality of care. The report finds that some indicators of quality, such as professional development participation and education levels among staff, are associated with higher cost of care. The report also shows that the associations between quality indicators and high cost of care is stronger in preschool programs than in programs for younger children. However, fewer than half of the quality indicators examined are associated with more expensive programs.

Comparison of urban and rural physical activity and outdoor play environments of childcare centers and family childcare homes

Comparison of urban and rural physical activity and outdoor play environments of childcare centers and family childcare homes
Dinkel, Danae, 10/01/2020

This study examines the physical activity environments in child care centers and FCC homes in both rural and urban areas. The study found that centers score higher than FCC homes in physical activity best practices. In urban areas, centers and FCC homes reported higher scores than those in rural areas. This resource may be useful to decision makers considering policies that support rural child care providers and policies that offer targeted interventions to promote children’s physical activity.

Working with administrative data in early childhood and related fields: A list of resources

Working with administrative data in early childhood and related fields: A list of resources
Lin, Van-Kim Bui, 01/01/2021
(OPRE Report No. 2021-21). U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/opre/working-administrative-data-january-2021_0.pdf

This report includes a list of resources curated for researchers and Child Care and Development Fund Administrators who analyze administrative data. These resources explain how to acquire, use, manage, link, and analyze data regarding children, families, and ECE providers.

To see a complete list of new research, please view Archived New Research.