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IN THIS ISSUE August 2020
Research Connections Updates
Monthly Spotlight
Other Featured Resources
Opportunities in the Field
Research Connections Updates
This edition of Research Connections News and Resources highlights new resources on Research Connections; research on out-of-school time care, COVID-19’s impact on the child care market, and professional development; and virtual events.

Working with Administrative Data 
The Working with Administrative Data page was recently updated to include more resources on linking, analyzing, managing, and maintaining the security of state-level early care and education administrative data. We encourage you to visit the webpage!

Resources to Support the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC) 2020 Virtual Event Series
The Research Connections team compiled a list of resources to support the topics of the CCEEPRC 2020 Virtual Event Series. More information about the series is included under Opportunities in the Field.
Monthly Spotlight

The Demand for Both Coverage and Quality in Out-of-School Time: Parents Share What They Value in School-Age Programs
This report highlights what parents value as they seek school-age care out of necessity, such as safety and family engagement. The findings and recommendations can help inform the design and support of out-of-school time programs as schools begin to reopen and parents seek care for their school age children.
Other Featured Resources
The Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Child Care Market: Evidence from Stay-At-Home Orders
This report examines the relationship between stay-at-home orders and child care services. The researchers find that as a result of stay-at-home orders, online job postings for child care teachers in private sector services have decreased by 13 percent, and job postings for public sector services, such as Head Start, have not been affected. This information can help researchers and policymakers understand the effects of stay-at-home orders on the availability of child care services.
Developing a Bilingual Associate Degree Program for Spanish-Speaking Early Childhood Educators
This report explains the process for developing a bilingual associate degree program for early childhood educators at the University of the District of Columbia Community College. This program is a result of Washington DC’s regulatory changes, which will require early childhood center directors and home providers to have a degree by 2022 and 2023, respectively.
Online Clinical Teacher Preparation Programs in Special Education: Perspectives and Critical Components
This journal article analyzes online special education preparation programs and the components needed to have an effective clinical practice. The researchers find that school-based teachers view the online clinical model favorably. This can help early care and education professionals understand how online programs can meet the clinical practice component.
Not in the Same Boat: The Pandemic is Reducing Childcare Availability for Lower-Income Families
This report notes the similarities and differences between childcare in lower-income and middle/upper-income households. The researchers find that as the economy reopens, there is a difference in ability for lower-income and middle/upper-income households to return to the child care arrangements that they had before stay-at-home orders. The report offers recommendations on improving stability for child care providers, families, and the child care industry.  The RAPID-EC Research Group also recently published this report: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: As the Country Reopens, Households with Young Children are Forced to Choose Between Income and Family Safety.
Opportunities in the Field
Research Connections regularly publicizes opportunities of interest, calls for papers, and conference announcements.
Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium July Virtual Event Schedule
Sessions from the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium 2020 Annual Meeting (CCEEPRC 2020) will continue to be featured as virtual events throughout August and September. You are welcome to join any of these events.

Writing for Equity: Practical Guidance (Affinity Discussion) Making it Real: Stakeholder Engagement in Any Research (Affinity Discussion) Towards a School-Age Child Care Research and Policy Agenda Materials from the virtual event series will be available on Research Connections at the series’ conclusion.
Calling Higher Ed Instructors: Your Input Can Help Shape New, Free Teaching Materials

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is developing free higher education teaching materials based on OPRE's research, and we are seeking input from higher education instructors!

This survey is an opportunity for you to help us understand the content and format of teaching materials that work for you. Your feedback will guide OPRE toward developing useful materials for higher education settings. As an added bonus, at the end of the survey, we will provide you with a customized list of OPRE resources you might find useful.

If you teach undergraduate- or graduate-level courses, please take 15 minutes to complete this brief survey:
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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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