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IN THIS ISSUE April 2021
Research Connections Updates
Monthly Spotlight
Other Featured Resources
This edition of Research Connections News & Resources highlights the following: a resource guide on supporting children’s social-emotional wellness; the association between Head Start enrollment and family poverty during an economic recession; new evidence on teacher turnover in early care and education (ECE) settings; the relationship between quality and price of ECE; the play environments of child care centers and family child care homes; and a curated list of resources for administrative data analysis.
Research Connections Updates
Research Connections offers a curated list of resources that include data from all states on a variety of topics. For example, resources include reports with tables of state data, maps with state data, and collections of state profiles. Explore resources that include data from all states.
Monthly Spotlight

A Resource Guide for Developing Integrated Strategies to Support the Social and Emotional Wellness of Children

This guide offers guidance, frameworks, and examples from Child Care and Development Fund program grantees. It can be useful to decisionmakers who are intent on supporting children’s social-emotional wellness. Explore Research Connections’ additional resources on children’s mental health and social and emotional development.

Other Featured Resources
Head Start and Families’ Recovery from Economic Recession: Policy Recommendations for Covid-19
This publicly available journal article looks to the Great Recession (2007-2009) for information about the economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The article examines the enrollment rates of Head Start programs during the Great Recession and shows that higher rates of enrollment were associated with smaller increases in family poverty. These results may be of interest to policymakers looking to mitigate the effects of an economic recession on young families.
New Evidence on Teacher Turnover in Early Childhood
This article explores teacher turnover in early care and education (ECE) settings. It uses data collected by the state of Louisiana as part of its quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The data help answer questions about whether teachers who leave differ significantly from teachers who stay. Data reveal that a significant majority of teachers who leave do not teach in different programs the following year, and that turnover rates are higher among teachers working with young children. This resource may be helpful to policymakers looking to understand ECE turnover rates.
Prices Reported by Center-Based Early Care and Education Providers: Associations with Indicators of Quality
This report uses data from center-based providers to look at the relationship between price of child care and quality of care. The report finds that some indicators of quality, such as professional development participation and education levels among staff, are associated with higher cost of care. The report also shows that the associations between quality indicators and high cost of care is stronger in preschool programs than in programs for younger children. However, fewer than half of the quality indicators examined are associated with more expensive programs.
Comparison of Urban and Rural Physical Activity and Outdoor Play Environments of Childcare Centers and Family Childcare Homes
This study examines the physical activity environments in child care centers and FCC homes in both rural and urban areas. The study found that centers score higher than FCC homes in physical activity best practices. In urban areas, centers and FCC homes reported higher scores than those in rural areas. This resource may be useful to decision makers considering policies that support rural child care providers and policies that offer targeted interventions to promote children’s physical activity.
Working with Administrative Data in Early Childhood and Related Fields: A List of Resources
This report includes a list of resources curated for researchers and Child Care and Development Fund Administrators who analyze administrative data. These resources explain how to acquire, use, manage, link, and analyze data regarding children, families, and ECE providers. The resources provided in this list are also available on the Research Connections “Working with Administrative Data” web page.
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Until March 30, 2019, Research Connections was supported under grant #90YE0104 from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Research Connections is now supported by contract #HHSP233201500071I from OPRE, ACF, HHS. The contents do not necessarily represent the views of OPRE, ACF, or HHS. 

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