This book of tables presents key aspects of CCDF-funded programs across all 50 States, territories, outlying areas, and the District of Columbia as of October 1, 2012. The book of tables highlights policy variations across four general areas of policy: eligibility requirements for families and children; family application, terms of authorization, and redetermination; family payments; and policies for providers, including maximum reimbursement rates. Along with each table, this report provides... Read more >
The Welfare Rules Databook provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2012, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2012. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database; a publicly available, online database originally developed under the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project.
The Databook is divided into five groups... Read more >
Child care survey data and analyses can be improved by stepping away from terminology which may have unclear or multiple meanings to different audiences. This brief, which draws from the Design Study of the National Survey of Early Care and Education, reviews the importance of child care data, as well as some of the pitfalls of misinterpretation of survey items. Through a review of literature, cognitive testing, and feasibility testing, the brief considers terminology issues as they... Read more >
There is increasing emphasis on coordination and collaboration across early care and education sectors to provide consistent, high-quality services to meet the needs of families with young children. This brief presents work on the conceptualization and measurement of collaboration in the field of early childhood. The brief identifies key components of collaboration and encourages the development and use of measures of collaboration in the early childhood field. The brief presents... Read more >
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are only useful if their ratings are valid. This brief provides detailed examples and findings from QRIS validation activities in four states: Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and Virginia. The brief demonstrates how different states have approached QRIS validation, compares findings, and highlights challenges in designing and conducting QRIS validation studies.
Authors use a framework provided by Zellman and Fiene through the Quality Initiatives... Read more >
This paper provides a review of formal research reports and published literature on implementation analysis. It defines implementation analysis, summarizing methodological issues and topics addressed by this type of analysis, and describes systems change analysis and its relationship to implementation analysis. The paper concludes with a summary of implications for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) National Implementation Evaluation design. The paper was developed as part... Read more >