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  • Child Care Decision-Making Literature Review

    Published: December 13, 2013
    Many factors influence parents’ decision-making in their child care choices. This literature review provides an overview of empirical knowledge about the factors that influence parents’ decision-making in their child care choices. Findings from the literature are organized into four main sections reflecting empirical findings about: 1) parents’ child care decision-making processes, 2) parents’ preferences and priorities in selecting a care arrangement...
  • Early Childhood Developmental Screening: A Compendium of Measures for Children Ages Birth to Five

    Published: March 27, 2014
    This document describes a review of research on developmental screening tools designed for use with children from birth to age five. It provides detailed profiles for 16 commonly-used and/or publicly available developmental screening tools, as well as a set of summary tables providing an “at a glance” review of some common features across the tools. The compendium aims to translate technical psychometric information about the reliability and validity of the developmental...
  • Understanding Parents’ Child Care Decision-Making: A Foundation for Child Care Policy Making

    Published: February 15, 2011
    Policies such as those related to child care subsidies and quality rating and improvement systems are designed to…
  • INQUIRE Data Toolkit

    Published: January 30, 2014
    The INQUIRE Toolkit grows out of the growing awareness of the importance of collecting data related to early care and education.  The Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE) Data Work Group was convened to address a request from stakeholders for information on building an effective data infrastructure to support activities including monitoring, continuous program improvement, reporting, validation and evaluation in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and...
  • Conceptualizing and Measuring Collaboration in the Context of Early Childhood Care and Education

    Published: November 27, 2013
    There is increasing emphasis on coordination and collaboration across early care and education sectors to provide consistent, high-quality services to meet the needs of families with young children. This brief presents work on the conceptualization and measurement of collaboration in the field of early childhood.  The brief identifies key components of collaboration and encourages the development and use of measures of collaboration in the early childhood field.  The brief presents...
  • Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings: A Compendium of Measures, Second Edition

    Published: January 15, 2010
    Quality measures were originally developed for research aimed at describing the settings in which children spend time…
  • An Integrated Stage-Based Framework for Implementation of Early Childhood Programs and Systems

    Published: May 22, 2015
    This research brief is the first in a series which seeks to provide early childhood researchers, program developers, and funders with an introduction to implementation frameworks and promising practices in implementation science with the aim of facilitating their use in early care and education. This brief introduces key elements of effective implementation within an integrated, stage-based framework. This framework posits that 1) implementation happens in four discernible stages...
  • Key Elements of a QRIS Validation Plan: Guidance and Planning Template

    Published: June 5, 2013
    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems’ administrators are seeking resources and technical assistance...
  • Best Practices for Conducting Program Observations as Part of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, Research-to-Policy, Research-to-Practice Brief

    Published: June 15, 2011
    Program observation offers an important window into program quality and an opportunity to identify strengths and…
  • Identifying Profiles of Quality in Home-Based Child Care

    Published: April 15, 2012
    The purpose of this research brief is to provide information that can be used to target and guide content for…