The Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, 2013-2018

The purpose of the Study of Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-child care) Partnerships is to gain a better understanding of EHS‐child care partnerships aimed at supporting quality improvement, child development, and family well‐being in early childhood settings serving infants and toddlers. 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 and implementation of a descriptive study documenting the characteristics and features of EHS-child care partnerships and activities aiming to improve professional development and the quality of services to better meet families’ needs. The study is being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research.

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The points of contact are Christine Fortunato and Amy Madigan.

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When combined with high quality early care and education, comprehensive services are intended to support families in their role as caregivers and foster the health and well-being of children. Connecting children and families to these services is a foundational feature of the Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) models. Partnerships between EHS and other early care and education settings hold promise for expanding access to comprehensive services for infants, toddlers, and their families...

Prior research suggests that partnerships in early care and education have the potential to enhance the quality of care and offer comprehensive services to more children and families. This brief draws on data from the national descriptive study of Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships to describe the activities partnerships engage in to improve the quality of services for infants, toddlers, and their families.

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...

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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...