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

Project Overview

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.

Data are archived at the Child and Family Data Archive.

The points of contact are Christine Fortunato and Amy Madigan.

  • Working Together for Children and Families: Findings from the National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

    Published: March 7, 2019

    High quality early learning experiences can promote young children’s development and help to reduce achievement gaps between children from low-income families and children from more affluent families. Early care and education programs also promote parents’ ability to support their children’s learning, and allow parents to work...

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

    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

    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

    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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