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  • Family Services Staff and Family Services Staff Parent Measures:  Amendment to the FPTRQ User’s Manual (New)

    Published: August 4, 2015
    This amendment to the User’s Manual for the measures developed by the Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality project presents an overview of the family services staff and family services staff parent measures. The amendment also describes the development of the measures, including the pilot test; information about how to use and score the measures; and technical information about the measures and their short forms...
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT) Quarterly Update: July 2015 (New)

    Published: July 30, 2015
    Latest developments from the Parents and Children Together Evaluation...
  • ACF OPRE News: Vol. 3 Issue 12

    Published: July 20, 2015
    In this issue: our latest work on the use of behavioral economics in human services, a detailed look at a study of home visiting programs, examinations of the use of ongoing assessment in early care and education to individualize instruction, quality in Early Head Start classrooms & home visits, our review of evidence on employment strategies for low-income adults, & more...
  • Measuring Infant/Toddler Language Development: Lessons Learned About Assessment and Screening Tools

    Published: July 17, 2015
    Using data from the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES), this brief explores how well several parent- and staff-reported language screening and assessment tools perform in a low-income Early Head Start population. Specifically, the brief examines the reliability of the tool or the ability of the tool to produce scores that are stable regardless of when the tool is administered, where it is administered, and who administers it. It also explores the validity...
  • Reminders to Pay: Using Behavioral Economics to Increase Child Support Payments

    Published: July 15, 2015
    This report presents findings from two behavioral interventions designed to increase the collection of child support payments in Franklin County, Ohio. As part of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project, the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency implemented two interventions informed by behavioral economics principles to increase child support payments from noncustodial parents who do not have income withholding and need to take action each month...
  • Design for the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation—Strong Start

    Published: July 1, 2015
    This report describes the design of the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation – Strong Start. The evaluation seeks to understand the effects of home visiting as a prenatal intervention to prevent and reduce adverse birth outcomes, improve infant and maternal health outcomes, and reduce health care costs for Medicaid and CHIP recipients. The report presents the study’s conceptual framework, research goals, and research questions, and discusses the sampling plan...
  • Tailored Teaching: The Need for Stronger Evidence About Early Childhood Teachers’ Use of Ongoing Assessment to Individualize Instruction

    Published: June 30, 2015
    This brief summarizes an extensive review of literature on ongoing assessment in early care and education settings, clarifies the remaining gaps in the existing literature, and highlights the Examining Data Informing Teaching (EDIT) measure...
  • What Do We Know About How Early Childhood Teachers Use Ongoing Assessment?

    Published: June 30, 2015
    Ongoing child assessment involves repeated assessments and observations of a child’s performance and progress over time. This brief summarizes findings from a literature review on ongoing assessment and individualizing instruction in early childhood, including what we currently know about how early childhood teachers use assessment, what we still need to learn, and recommended practices...
  • What Does it Mean to use Ongoing Assessment to Individualize Instruction in Early Childhood?

    Published: June 30, 2015
    This brief provides a conceptual framework for how practitioners can use ongoing child assessment for individualization of instruction in early care and education classrooms and highlights the Examining Data Informing Teaching (EDIT) measure. The conceptual framework focuses on curriculum-embedded approaches to ongoing assessment and reflects a repeating cycle with four stages...
  • Early Head Start Home Visits and Classrooms: Stability, Predictors, and Thresholds of Quality

    Published: June 29, 2015
    Using information collected as part of the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES), this report and accompanying brief provide a descriptive picture of classroom and home visit quality in Early Head Start. Baby FACES captures classroom and home visit quality using two observational measures: Classroom Assessment Scoring System, Toddler Version and the Home Visit Rating Scale-Adapted measures. Specifically, the report and brief examine average levels of quality...

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