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IN THIS ISSUE July 2020
Research Connections Updates
Monthly Spotlight
Other Featured Resources
Opportunities in the Field
Research Connections Updates
Happy July! This edition of Research Connections News and Resources is packed with resources to support the work of child care and early education policymakers and researchers.

Working with Administrative Data 
This page compiles resources on how to link, analyze, manage and maintain the security of state-level early care and education administrative data for research purposes. The page was recently updated with 43 new resources (published September 2018 to March 2020). 

The authors are seeking more resources for the next update; see the
request for resources about using administrative data in early care and education, posted on the Urban Institute’s Building Child Care Research Capacity web page.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources
We’re building our collection of state and local coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) reports, which include child care provider and family survey results. As states learn about the impact of COVID-19 on child care providers and families, we’ll keep our library up-to-date with state survey briefs and reports. Continue to check our library for more.
Reports currently on Research Connections include: CaliforniaConnecticut, District of Columbia, FloridaGeorgia, KentuckyLouisianaMassachusetts
MarylandMississippiMontana
NebraskaNew JerseyNew OrleansNew YorkNorth CarolinaOhioOregonSouth Carolina, and Virginia.
Monthly Spotlight


Follow Research Connections on Twitter to keep up with new and relevant child care and early education research, like the Center for the Study on Child Care Employment’s survey of child care programs in California.
Other Featured Resources
Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in the Labor Market for Child Care Teachers
This journal article analyzes racial and ethnic discrimination in the hiring of child care teachers and demonstrates state child care licensing regulations’ role in lessening this discrimination.
Untapped Potential: How Childcare Impacts Mississippi's State Economy
This report examines child care challenges in Mississippi and the benefits that working parents want from their employers. The authors find that many Mississippi parents are enrolled in postsecondary education or training programs and that child care challenges can influence parents’ coursework.  Research Connections houses similar resources on Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Iowa.
Licensed Family Child Care Providers' Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): Greater Benefits and Fewer Burdens in Highly Urban Areas?
This journal article focuses on the experiences of family child care providers who participated in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The researchers surveyed program participants in Chicago and small towns in central Illinois on the perceived benefits and challenges of reimbursement rates. They outline suggestions for policymakers on how to reduce inequalities in access to the higher reimbursement rates.
Preparing Students for Success: Differential Outcomes by Preschool Experience in Baltimore City, Maryland
The findings from this journal article can inform the development of policies that support access to early education opportunities. The researchers follow a cohort of children in Baltimore City, Maryland from kindergarten to third grade and analyze the relationship between their preschool setting (public pre-k, Head Start plus pre-k, private pre-k, and informal care) and skillsets needed for school success.
Multiple Factors Predict Higher Child Care Costs for Low-Income Hispanic Households
This brief can help researchers and policymakers understand how household, community, and nonparental care characteristics predict low-income Hispanic households’ levels of child care spending.
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 be featured as virtual events starting in July and continuing through September. Two events will be held in July and the August and September Virtual Event Schedules will be announced soon.

Racial/Ethnic and Economic Segregation in Early Care and Education Supporting Infant-Toddler Teachers with Technology
Resources on COVID-19 
Childcare.gov incudes links to each state’s COVID-19 child care information for families and child care providers.  State by state information on the status of child care is available.
The Office of Child Care’s COVID-19 Webpage includes guidance and resources for CCDF Lead Agencies, families, and providers, including information on the CARES Act and the COVID-19 Legislation Guide for CCDF Administrators.
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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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