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IN THIS ISSUE August 2021
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Critical Topic: Workforce Characteristics 
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Measuring and Comparing Multiple Dimensions of Early Care and Education Access
Access to ECE can vary for different children and families across the United States. This report uses data from the 2012 National Study of Early Care and Education to explore the availability of affordable ECE that meets the needs of children and their parents.

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Effective State Offices of Early Learning: Structural Features, Enabling Conditions, and Key Functions in Four States
This report from the National Institute for Early Education Research looks at the characteristics, organizational capacities, and functions of state offices of early learning (SOELs) and offers case studies in four states: Alabama, Michigan, New Jersey, and West Virginia. The report also provides an assessment of what makes for effective SOELs.

State and Territory Child Care and Development Fund Investments in Early Care and Education Quality

How do states and territories plan and report investments in quality activities over time? This report explores those activities and discusses how states measure progress in improving quality. Potential information gaps and future research implications are presented.
Who Participates in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems?
This study examines the characteristics of ECE centers that participate in quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), including characteristics of the communities participating centers are located in. The authors offer suggestions for improving QRIS participation and highlight opportunities for further research in this field. This study is not available for free on Research Connections and requires extra steps to access. Our tips on accessing full text resources can help.
Critical Topic: Characteristics of the Early Care and Education Workforce
Those who participate in the ECE workforce are crucial to its infrastructure, stability and quality. Understanding who they are is a key part of understanding how ECE works and how it can improve. The following reports describe the characteristics of ECE providers using data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE).
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