Advocacy & Early Childhood Systems Building

Child Care Subsidy Literature Review

What does recent research say about child care subsidies? To answer that question for state administrators, program developers, and policymakers looking for a base of knowledge on subsidy policies, this literature review contains:

•             Descriptive information about subsidy use;

•             A review of the association between receiving a subsidy and parents' choice of high quality care or continuity of care with subsidized arrangements; and

Conceptualizing and Measuring Collaboration in the Context of Early Childhood Care and Education

Despite the fact that many early childhood initiatives depend on the collaboration of multiple organizations and stakeholders, little is known about what makes for successful collaboration within the field of early care and education. In May of 2010, a working meeting was convened by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation to begin to address this issue.

The Research Base for a Birth through Age Eight State Policy Framework

The Alliance for Early Success released a new resource to help improve the lives of young children, especially those facing the greatest challenges. The Research Base for a Birth Through Age Eight State Policy Framework is a comprehensive research report by Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center on children and family issues. This resource can help guide states in making decisions about their QRIS efforts and be a tool not only for policy development, but also help states establish a research connection to their efforts. Read the report here. 

The Relationship of Licensing, Head Start, Pre-K, QRIS, Accreditation, and Professional Development and their Potential Impact on Child Outcomes

Richard Fiene, Ph.D. has written a short paper which provides some thoughts about the various public policy initiatives/systems to improve early care and education, such as licensing, Head Start, Pre-K, QRIS, accreditation, and professional development and their potential impact on child outcomes. Early care and education is at a major crossroads as a profession in attempting to determine which quality initiatives have the greatest impact on children.

Shared Services: A Support Strategy for Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge

Shared Services is an early care and education (ECE) business model that enables center- and home-based child care providers to share costs and deliver services in a more streamlined and efficient way. A network of child care centers or homes are linked by a “hub” office that centralizes leadership and management, enabling both economies of scale and economies of specialization so that maximum resources can be focused on the learning environment—where they matter most.

QRIS in Statute and Regulations

The approach chosen by a State to implement its QRIS depends on several factors, including the needs of the State, the goals of the system, and the State’s political context. For example, States that embed a QRIS in statute may have a history of rooting other programs in statute. Also, operationalizing a QRIS within statute depends on the type of system the State has chosen to implement. In a rated license system, each rated license is a property right that needs a repeals process to revoke, so it will require statutory language.

Moving the Goal Posts; The shift from child care supply to child care quality

This interesting research paper produced from the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum comments on the change in child care from a welfare to work program to a school readiness initiative within states.  May state leaders, policy makers and advocates will recognize a parallel story within their states as this Wisconsin piece reflects on the history, unintended consequences and provides conclusions and questions for consideration.