The Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC), formerly the Child Care Policy Research Consortium (CCPRC), was created by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACF) in 1995 to increase national capacity for sound child care research, identify and respond to critical issues, and link child care research with policy and practice. In 2015, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Consortium, members decided to change its name to better capture the growing integration in the early care and education field. The Consortium subsequently chose Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium as its new name. Supported by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) and the Office of Child Care (OCC), the CCEEPRC includes former and current grantees and contractors funded by ACF to conduct child care and early education policy-related research.
In partnership with Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, CCEEPRC holds an annual research meeting that builds on in-depth roundtables and other activities throughout the year, and provides a forum for researchers and policymakers to investigate emerging research findings, questions, and methods that relate to improved outcomes for children and families. Child Care and Development Fund State Administrators, technical assistance partners, and Federal staff from other agencies and departments join with CCEEPRC members at the annual meeting to learn about emerging research findings, consider how the findings can be used to improve child care and early education policy and practice, and highlight new research questions and methodologies.
Research Connections supports and facilitates the work of CCEEPRC and assists in the collection and dissemination of research materials from annual Consortium meetings.
The issues identified during the Consortium annual meeting help shape the activities of the CCEEPRC. Existing CCEEPRC workgroups offer opportunities for deeper examination of high priority issues related to child care and early education research, policy and practice. Workgroups serve as learning communities that promote relationships across Consortium members, identify gaps in the field, showcase new methods and findings and share knowledge and insights to support the field.
These are the current CCEEPRC workgroups: