Advocacy & Early Childhood Systems Building
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
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 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.
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.
The purpose of this research brief is to report on two aspects of child care licensing for all 50 States and the District of Columbia state child care center licensing regulations and child care center licensing policies.
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.
CLASP’s guide aims to help states look beyond the major sources of child care and early education funding and consider alternative federal financing sources to bring comprehensive services into early childhood settings.