February 7-8, 2018
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 2018 Annual Meeting was held on February 7-8, 2018, in Crystal City, Virginia. Materials for the CCEEPRC 2018 sessions are available through Research Connections.
The CCEEPRC Annual Meeting differs from other research-focused meetings. This meeting is the collective effort of a rich network of stakeholders from diverse settings who are committed to strengthening the bridges between research and early care and education policies. The CCEEPRC 2018 meeting aimed to build on ongoing discussions and to promote new connections and inquiries. Conversations at CCEEPRC have highlighted new methodologies, areas for deeper exploration, critical gaps and next steps for our shared work of strengthening the knowledge base to inform child care and early education policies.
The CCEEPRC 2018 meeting agenda continued to bring together the excellent work and diverse perspectives of colleagues examining related questions in different program and policy contexts. Plenary sessions addressed topics related to diversity, equity and inclusivity in ECE policy and research; defining and measuring child care quality; issues in financing high-quality ECE; and models of coordinated services for children and families. Breakout sessions captured a broad range of topics highlighting some of the current challenges and opportunities for ECE policy research and aimed to encourage discussions about how our individual inquiries and projects connect, how they inform each other and policy, and what comes next.