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Explore our collection of gray research literature (e.g., publicly available reports and briefs published by government agencies, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations), peer-reviewed journal articles, survey instruments, webinars, and descriptions of projects funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. Learn more about the scope of our collection.

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Cunningham Brittany, Ravishankar Nandita, January, 2021
Reports & Papers
The purpose of this research brief is to provide a summary of available information on the known barriers to and solutions for implementing out-of-state background checks. This summary is intended to inform OCC, states, and TA providers on the type…
Lin Van-Kim Bui, Maxwell Kelly, King Carlise, Martinchek Kassandra, Isaacs Julia B., January, 2021
Reports & Papers
This list includes resources useful to researchers and agency staff who analyze state-level early care and education (ECE) administrative data for research purposes. The term administrative data refers to information about individual children,…
Kelly Mason, March, 2021
This catalog provides brief descriptions of major Division of Child and Family Development (DCFD) projects from Fiscal Year 2020, including a spotlight section on the Department's COVID-19 pandemic response. Multiple projects are described in the…
Hill Zoelene, Bali Diksha, Gebhart Tracy, Halle Tamara, April, 2021
Reports & Papers
Using data from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) Household Survey, this snapshot examines the questions: - Why did parents with young children search for a care provider? - What percentage of parents found a new care…
Kirby Gretchen, Douglass Anne L., Lyskawa Julia, Jones Christopher, Malone Lizabeth M., March, 2021
Literature Review
The purpose of this literature review is to understand what is known about what leadership looks like within center-based ECE settings and how it functions to improve center quality and, in turn, children’s experiences and outcomes. We look to the…
Derrick-Mills Teresa, May 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

This brief explains how to engage stakeholders in your research and the benefits of doing so. We use examples from recent early care and education studies to show how Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) stakeholders have been included in…

Paschall Katherine W., Davis Elizabeth E., Tout Kathryn, February 2021
Reports & Papers

Describing access across multiple dimensions provides decision makers with a deeper understanding of families’ ECE needs and emphasizes the need for multi-faceted policy solutions. Yet measuring and comparing access from different perspectives…

Harding Jessica F., Gleason Philip, Aikens Nikki, Malone Lizabeth M., Tarullo Louisa B., Cannon Judith, Cronquist Kathryn, March 2021
Reports & Papers

In nationally representative data from the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2014–2018 (FACES 2014), we found that, on average, first-year children showed larger gains in language and cognitive scores from fall to spring of the…

Lin Van-Kim Bui, Maxwell Kelly, April 2021
Reports & Papers

This report aims to answer the following questions, summarize findings from analyses conducted in November 2019, highlight gaps in the available information on quality investments, and offer implications for future research. 1) What were states’…

Baumgartner Scott, Cavadel Elizabeth, Allison-Clark Katherine, May 2021
Executive Summary

The Assessing Models of Coordinated Services (AMCS) project, sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in DHHS, aims to improve understanding of approaches that…

Baumgartner Scott, Cavadel Elizabeth, Allison-Clark Katherine, May 2021
Reports & Papers

A growing number of states and localities are working to address the many needs of families living in poverty by coordinating their services and funding streams. Recently, for example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)…

Hill Zoelene, Ekyalongo Yuko, Paschall Katherine W., Madill Rebecca, Halle Tamara, May 2021
Reports & Papers

This snapshot is the third in a series of reports that describe the demographic characteristics of the ECE workforce using the 2012 NSECE data. The first report provides a descriptive analysis of the professional characteristics and motivations…

Xue Yange, Baxter Cassandra, Jones Christopher, Shah Harshini K., Caronongan Pia, Aikens Nikki, Bandel Eileen, Cannon Judith, Schellenberger Kerry, Defnet Amy, Vogel Cheri, Atkins-Burnett Sally, June 2021
Reports & Papers

This report shares key information about the study, including the design, methods, and findings. The tables in this report give an overview of the data collected in Baby FACES 2018, and describe the Early Head Start program and center services…

Datta A. Rupa, Milesi Carolina, Srivastava Shivani, Zapata-Gietl Claudia, May 2021
Reports & Papers

This chartbook presents nationally representative estimates of all home-based care to children under age 13, using data from the 2012 and 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). Home-based providers discussed in the report…

United States. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, December, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This snapshot provides an overview of child care research and evaluation supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). It further presents the following sections: past research and evaluation; stakeholder engagement; examples of…