Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis (CCEEPRA) Project, 2020

The purpose of CCEEPRA is to support expert consultation and research and analyses that focus on child care and early education services and to build the capacity for new research and evaluation efforts at the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE). Work on CCEEPRA provides OPRE with timely, high-quality research products designed to inform child care and early education policies and programs, including programs administered under the Office of Child Care (OCC) and the Office of Head Start (OHS).

CCEEPRA research activities include:

  • Synthesizing knowledge gained through research and consultation with child care and early education experts to inform future research and policies at the national, state, and local levels;
  • Translating research findings into resources that support policy development and inform a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders;
  • Convening research and policy experts to review research findings and identify implications for policy decision-making and program administration;
  • Conducting original research studies and secondary data analysis; and
  • Identifying new methodological and analytic approaches to increase the efficiency and applicability of research efforts.

Work under CCEEPRA will be developed by engaging national research and policy experts and key stakeholders (e.g., state/territory CCDF administrators) to ensure that OPRE has access to information about current policy issues, research findings, and innovative methodologies in the field, and to provide a venue for jointly identifying gaps and opportunities in the child care and early education research and policy agenda.

Products supported through CCEEPRA include literature reviews, infographics, measures compendia, meeting summaries, briefing papers, webinars, research briefs, and research reports.

The CCEEPRA contract was awarded to Child Trends.The points of contact are Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, Ellen Litkowski, and Tracy Carter Clopet.

Related Resources

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The paper provides basic background information about the structure of child care costs and revenues and shows how the pandemic and associated changes in regulations and demand have affected them. The paper also describes implementation issues for allocating financial resources to child care programs and offers considerations related to implementation (e.g., considerations related to determining program eligibility for grants, selection criteria for grants, and calculation of award amounts).

This resource guide provides information for researchers about administrative data collected on federal policies and programs that (in whole or part) support young children with disabilities.

This Snapshot uses data from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) to examine caregiving arrangements for young children with special needs to better understand where these children receive early care and education (ECE) services. Findings in this Snapshot are focused on children under age 6 and ECE providers serving children under age 6.

These resources present a national portrait of the demographic diversity of center-based and home-based ECE teachers and caregivers from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), and include examinations of the professional characteristics of each subgroup, as well as the concordance between teacher and caregiver demographic characteristics and the characteristics of the children and communities they serve.

The intent of the Snapshot is to examine the types of nonparental care lower-income households, with at least one working parent, use to care for children under age 6. The Snapshot examines the types of nonparental care families use, both solely and in combination, to care for infants and toddlers (0-35 months) and 3- to-5-year-olds (not yet in Kindergarten).  

This report explores preliminary associations between indicators of the quality of care and the prices for care reported by providers in the United States for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.