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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 16 – August 20, 2020

    OPRE News: Head Start Survey Questions on Program and Center Director's Responses to COVID-19 & (Much) More Featured items in this issue: 2019 Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) and American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES): Questions from Program Director and Center Director Questionnaires about COVID-19 Opportunities for Intimate Partner Violence Disclosure in Adult-Serving Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Programs Opportunities for Teen Dating Violence Disclosure in Youth-Serving Healthy Relationship Programs
  • 2019 Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) and American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES): Questions from Program Director and Center Director Questionnaires about COVID-19

    Published: August 18, 2020
    In 1997, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) was launched to provide descriptive, nationally representative information on the characteristics, experiences, and development of Head Start children and families, and the characteristics of the Head Start programs and staff who serve them. Until 2015, FACES only included children, families, and programs in Head Start Regions I-X...
  • Call for Input on Existing Measures of Mutual Reinforcement

    Published: August 13, 2020
    Mathematica is seeking nominations for measures of mutual reinforcement, or related constructs, to help us develop a new and unique measure of two-generation programs. Such a measure could help stakeholders better understand program characteristics that appear to help children and their families, and whether these programs produce the intended positive outcomes at the family level. We are producing this new measure in partnership with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE)...
  • How Much of Children’s Early Care and Education Participation in 2012 Was Publicly Funded?

    Published: August 12, 2020
    In the U.S. in 2012, public funding of early care and education (ECE) could come from a variety of programs and levels of government (federal, state, local). This analysis of data from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education uses household reports to estimate percentages of children under 5 years who enrolled in 2012 in two types of publicly funded ECE: center-based and paid home-based care...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 14 – July 23, 2020

    OPRE News: Two New Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 Program Snapshots and Much More Featured items in this issue: Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0 Snapshots Competencies of Infant and Toddler Teachers and Caregivers: A Compendium of Measures Developing Strong Recruitment Practices for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Programs Serving Adults
  • Competencies of Infant and Toddler Teachers and Caregivers: A Compendium of Measures

    Published: July 22, 2020
    The first three years of a child’s life are a distinct developmental period, characterized by rapid brain development, reliance on relationships with adults, and extreme responsiveness to environmental variation. Identifying the competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, and other attributes) essential to infant and toddler (I/T) teaching and caregiving may offer a common language and lens for assessing job performance and provide a clear structure for professional growth and development...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 13 – July 9, 2020

    ACF OPRE News: The Availability & Characteristics of Early Care & Education in Rural Areas Compared to Urban Areas Featured items in this issue: The Availability and Characteristics of Early Care and Education in Rural Areas Compared to Urban Areas Understanding Quality Improvement Activities in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Understanding Comprehensive Service Provision in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Models for How Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Program Activities May Lead to Intended Outcomes
  • Findings from the National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: Partnering to Improve the Quality of Infant-Toddler Care

    Published: July 9, 2020
    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.
  • Findings from the National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: Providing Comprehensive Services to Infants and Toddlers and Their Families

    Published: July 9, 2020
    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...
  • Early Care and Education in Rural Communities

    Published: July 6, 2020
    Much like the 7.8 million families with young children in urban areas, many of the 1.1 million families with young children in rural areas need and use early care and education (ECE). Families across the United States face challenges accessing child care, and challenges often vary by population density. Although the definition of what constitutes an urban, suburban, and rural area differs across studies, the literature suggests that...

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