The Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, 2013-2016

Project Overview

The Study of Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-child care) Partnerships will assess the knowledge base and develop a theory of change model for understanding EHS‐child care partnerships to support quality improvement, child development, and family well‐being in early childhood settings serving infants and toddlers. The study will also support the new competitive grant opportunity aimed at expanding access to high quality early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers through the partnering of EHS programs and child care providers. The study includes a review of the literature to summarize the current knowledge base around EHS-child care partnerships; development of a theory of change model to articulate relations among key features, characteristics, and expected outcomes of partnerships; development of approaches to measuring partnerships for existing and new data collection efforts; and the design of an evaluation of the new discretionary EHS-child care partnership grantees. The study is being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research.

The points of contact are Amy Madigan and Christine Fortunato.

  • Approaches to Measuring Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: Recommendations and Considerations

    Published: February 2, 2016

    This report, developed as part of the Study of Early Head Start (EHS)-Child Care Partnerships, provides a roadmap for measuring all aspects of the EHS and child care partnerships included in the theory of change, which was informed and developed as part of an initial literature review. For each element in the theory of change model, the report describes the constructs, data elements, data collection methods, and recommended measures. It also discusses the types of questions that can be...

  • Early Care and Education Partnerships: A Review of the Literature

    Published: December 16, 2014

    This literature review, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research as part of the Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, assesses the current knowledge base for early care and education (ECE) partnerships, highlights promising models or components of models for these partnerships, and identifies gaps in the research. The review draws from 78 studies of ECE partnerships, including partnerships between Head Start and Early Head Start...

  • Materials Presented to the Technical Work Group for the Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

    Published: June 16, 2014

    On May 6, 2014, Mathematica Policy Research held a technical work group meeting of experts to provide input on materials developed as part of the Study of Early Head Start (EHS)-Child Care Partnerships, funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families. Materials presented at the meeting included (1) preliminary findings from the literature review and (2) a theory of change model. The literature review examines studies on partnerships...

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