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IN THIS ISSUE September 2021

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Critical Topic: Wages and Retention 
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Consulting Research Connections’ Child Care and Early Education Glossary, which defines terms commonly used in the child care and early education field, can help you use consistent terminology when sharing information.

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Monthly Spotlight

Historic Crisis, Historic Opportunity: Using Evidence to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early Care and Education Programs

Understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children and ECE programs is essential. The University of Michigan and the Urban Institute published this synthesis of 76 studies, which offers evidence of the pandemic’s impact. The authors also provide policy recommendations informed by the input of ECE leaders across the nation.

Explore COVID-19 Reports for more information on the pandemic’s impact.
Other Featured Resources

Examining the Role of Faith-Based Child Care

In this report, the Bipartisan Policy Center presents findings from its December 2020 national survey. According to their survey results, child care run by a faith-based organization is used by more than half (53 percent) of working parents who use center-based care. Higher income families tend to use faith-affiliated centers at higher rates than other families. Before the pandemic, 31% of families with an income above $100,000 used a faith-affiliated center— (compared to 19% or less for families with incomes less than $100,000). This report discusses the role of faith-based child care in the ECE ecosystem and explores ideas for supporting these settings at the federal and state levels.

Explore additional research on faith-based child care.

Reviewing the Research Base from 1985-2020: Infant and Toddler Child Care and At-Risk Children’s School Readiness

This literature review published by NIEER examines research regarding infant/toddler care over the span of more than three decades. The review highlights key findings from the literature, including the relationship between the Child Care and Development Fund and quality child care. The author also provides an overview of gaps in the research and implications for future child care policies.

See more research on infant/toddler programs, interventions, and curricula.

The Costs of Coordinating Two-Generation Programs: Estimated Labor Costs of Family Services and Cross-Generation Coordination for Two-Generation Partnerships in Buffalo, Columbus, and San Antonio [Executive Summary]

Two-generation programs, which provide services to children and their parents simultaneously, are increasing in number across the United States. This report from the Urban Institute looks at three case studies in cities across the U.S. to estimate the staff labor cost of a two-generation program: Family-Centered Community Change.
Check out more research on two-generation programs and the cost of providing services.
Critical Topic: Wages and Retention of the Child Care and Early Education Workforce
High turnover rates can cause problems in child care and early education (CCEE), and there is increasing evidence that low wages are associated with low retention rates in the CCEE workforce. The following studies address the relationship between compensation and teacher turnover:
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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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