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Annual Meeting of the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium

April 17-18, 2019

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 2019 Annual Meeting was held on April 17th and 18th, 2019, in Washington, DC. Materials for the CCEEPRC 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 the complexities of non-traditional hour care, aligning programs for children and families, promoting equity through state and community initiatives, and leadership for quality improvement. 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.

Plenaries and Workshops

Meeting Agenda

Welcome Session

Plenary Session 1: Complexities of Nontraditional Hour Care: Closing Knowledge Gaps to Better Serve Families and Providers

A1. Engaging and Supporting License-Exempt Providers in Monitoring, Quality Improvement, and Research Initiatives

A2. Children with Disabilities in Child Care Settings – A Discussion of Data Discoveries and Dilemmas

A3. Coordination and Collaboration across Early Childhood Education and Elementary Schools: Multiple Perspectives, Multiple Challenges

A4. Professional Development to Promote Relationship-Based Caregiving, and Social-Emotional Learning among Children Birth through Age Five

Plenary Session 2: Building on Strengths and Aligning Programs for Children and Families

B1. Decline in the Supply of Family Child Care: What Does Research Tell Us? What Are the Gaps in Research? How Do We Fill Them?

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B2. Building Workforce Capacity to Meaningfully Include Children with Special Needs in Child Care Settings

B3. Improving the Accuracy and Feasibility of Infant and Toddler Assessment in Applied Settings

B4. States' Experiences Setting Subsidy Payment Rates: Current Practices and Directions for Future Research

B5. Moving to a More Aligned System: Working across Sectors to Improve Early Care and Education

*Please note that these session notes were not edited by the session lead.

C1. Capacity Building in Research-Policy Partnerships: Lessons from the Field

C2. Early Care and Education Coordination: Descriptive Research Findings and Policy Implications

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C3. System-Level Innovations and Measurements for Infant and Toddler Early Childhood Education

C4. New Approaches to Quality Improvement in Early Care and Education Programs

Plenary Session 3: Promoting Equity through State and Community Early Childhood Initiatives

D1. Contextual and Cultural Variation in Family Decision-Making about Early Care and Education

D2. Exploring Child Care Licensing Policies and Practices: Current Trends and Questions

D3. Accounting for Disasters in Efforts to Improve Quality and Access in Early Care and Education

D4. New Research on Child Care and Development Block Grant Implementation from Multiple Perspectives

E1. Utilizing Administrative Data Outside of Early Care and Education to Address ECE Policy Questions

E2. Threats to Validity in Quality Measurement: Using Observational Tools in Varied Settings and for Multiple Purposes

E3. Infant and Toddler Workforce Competencies: Frameworks and Professional Development Supports across Care Settings

E4. Understanding and Supporting Early Care and Education Workforce Well-Being

Plenary Session 4: Leadership for Quality Improvement: A Theory of Change

Closing Session: Closing Remarks by ACF Leadership