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Chung Phillip, Davis Nathan, Roberts Amy M., Franko Meg, Yost Molly, Woolridge Amy, April 2021
Executive Summary

Despite the ubiquity and importance of FFN care, there is limited data on the characteristics of Colorado’s FFN providers, their needs, and experiences, and most acutely, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provision of FFN care. Thus,…

Chung Phillip, Davis Nathan, Roberts Amy M., Franko Meg, Yost Molly, Woolridge Amy, April 2021
Reports & Papers

Despite the ubiquity and importance of FFN care, there is limited data on the characteristics of Colorado’s FFN providers, their needs, and experiences, and most acutely, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provision of FFN care. Thus,…

Delap Suzanne, Franko Meg, Hasan Nazia, Longworth-Reed Laricia, McGee Andrew B., Nicolaou Katherine, Roberts Amy M., Thornton Courtney, January, 2021
Reports & Papers
Families already had trouble finding affordable child care before the pandemic. COVID-19 has only made things worse. Many child care providers have shut down or reduced enrollment, family members are out of work, and school operations are shifting…
Jennings Patricia A., Jeon Lieny, Roberts Amy M., October, 2020
Other
Peer Reviewed
This special issue of Early Education and Development focuses on early childhood education professionals' social and emotional competence and well-being.
Jennings Patricia A., Jeon Lieny, Roberts Amy M., October, 2020
Other
Peer Reviewed
Early care and education (ECE) professionals' social and emotional well-being has emerged as an area of focus for improving program quality. ECE professionals are experiencing increasing levels of stress and burnout, which is threatening the quality…
Roberts Amy M., LoCasale-Crouch Jennifer, Hamre Bridget K., Jamil Faiza M., July-September 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This mixed methods study examines the impact of online professional development on preschool teachers' self-efficacy, burnout, and stress. Participating teachers (n = 89) were randomly assigned into four groups: one of three treatment conditions (…
Roberts Amy M., Gallagher Kathleen Cranley, Daro Alexandra M., Iruka Iheoma U., Sarver Susan L., March/April 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Building on research demonstrating the importance of teachers' well-being, this study examined personal and contextual factors related to early childhood educators' (n =1640) depressive symptoms across licensed child care homes, centers, and schools…
Roberts Amy M., Gallagher Kathleen Cranley, Daro Alexandra M., Iruka Iheoma U., Sarver Susan L., 2019
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This study examined possible risk factors associated with teachers' depression in a variety of early childhood settings. Teachers with lower pay, no health insurance, multiple jobs, greater job stress, and more adult-centered beliefs reported more…
Roberts Amy M., Gallagher Kathleen Cranley, Sarver Susan L., Daro Alexandra M., December, 2018
Reports & Papers
Teacher turnover is a serious challenge across early childhood settings. Turnover can be expensive for early childhood programs, burdensome to staff, and harmful to children throughout the nation. Nebraska is no exception. This research brief…
Roberts Amy M., Iruka Iheoma U., Sarver Susan L., 06 September, 2017
Reports & Papers
The goal of the study was to characterize important features of the state's early childhood workforce (birth through Grade 3) at the individual and setting levels. More specifically, the project was guided by the following four aims: 1. Determine…
Roberts Amy M., Iruka Iheoma U., Sarver Susan L., 06 September, 2017
Executive Summary
The Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey was undertaken by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska to better understand the current status, working conditions, and attitudes of caregivers and teachers working with…
LoCasale-Crouch Jennifer, DeCoster Jamie, Cabell Sonia Q., Pianta Robert C., Hamre Bridget K., Downer Jason T., Hatfield Bridget E., Larsen Ross A. A. (Ross Allen Andrew), Burchinal Margaret, Howes Carollee, La Paro Karen M., Scott-Little Catherine, Roberts Amy M., Q3 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Preschool teachers were randomly assigned to participate in two professional development interventions over two phases, both designed to improve their interactions with children: the NCRECE college course (N = 169) and MyTeachingPartner video-based…
Buckrop Jordan, Roberts Amy M., LoCasale-Crouch Jennifer, Q3 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
There is a growing body of research demonstrating the association between high quality preschool and improved child outcomes; however, few studies have considered special education referral as a child outcome. This study examined whether four…
Roberts Amy M., LoCasale-Crouch Jennifer, Hamre Bridget K., DeCoster Jamie, July, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study explored the role Head Start teachers' (n = 355) depressive symptoms play in their interactions with children and in children's (n = 2,203) social-emotional development, specifically changes in children's problem behaviors and social…
LoCasale-Crouch Jennifer, Hamre Bridget K., Roberts Amy M., Neesen Kathy, January, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The Effective Classroom Interactions (ECI) online courses were designed to provide an engaging, effective and scalable approach to enhancing early childhood teachers' use of classroom practices that impact children's school readiness. The created…