This partnership’s central goals are building evidence to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of new policies and programs intended to increase families’ access to high quality child care and expand the amount of high quality child care, particularly in low-income communities, in Illinois. The partnership is committed to active dissemination of research results and implications to a broad array of stakeholders to improve existing efforts to improve outcomes for the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) population of families in Illinois. Similarly, we will seek feedback on results to develop implications and inform future research and action. This partnership builds on the OPRE-funded evaluation of parts of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 in Illinois, which has developed multiple ECE, employment and education administrative data sources. It adds additional administrative data sources on providers, particularly on Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and Head Start participation by individual children. We propose to collect additional data from the providers and the workforce to better understand implementation of policy and programmatic changes.
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects