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IN THIS ISSUE November 2020
Research Connections Updates
Monthly Spotlight
Other Featured Resources
Opportunities in the Field
This edition of Research Connections News & Resources highlights research on the following: transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in child care facilities; the effect of COVID-19 on the child care system; the relationship between children's child care arrangements and social-behavioral development; center- based summer care’s effect on summer slowdown; children’s native language and cultural experiences in Head Start; challenges and solutions for conducting studies in early care and education settings; and the factors that predict quality in family child care settings. We also highlight new COVID-19 resources.
Research Connections Updates
Materials from the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC) 2020 Virtual Events are now available on Research Connections! Explore slides, handouts, notes, and videos from sessions on a rich variety of topics relevant to child care and early education fields.

Check out our new tip sheet, which provides suggestions for obtaining the free full text of a publication when the Research Connections library does not link directly to the free full text.

The COVID-19 Library Resource page includes shortcuts to topic areas related to the pandemic. Take a look at the resources recently added under the Family Child Care & Early Education subtopic.
Monthly Spotlight
Our State and Local COVID-19 Reports page includes links to state and national COVID-19 reports, issue briefs, and fact sheets.  Two new resources that exemplify the range of reports follow:
Other Featured Resources

COVID-19 Transmission in US Child Care Programs 

The authors of this report analyze the spread of COVID-19 in child care programs and outcomes for child care providers who offered services in the first 3 months of the pandemic and those who did not offer services.

Picking Up the Pieces: Building a Better Child Care System post COVID-19

This report uses data from a 2019 survey of states, 2020 data on child care supply, and case studies to examine the impact of COVID-19 on access, affordability, and quality of child care. The report poses strategies (public investment, data, and resources and supports) for building a better child care system.

Pathways to Kindergarten: A Latent Class Analysis of Children's Time in Early Education and Care

The authors identify profiles of children’s early care and education arrangements (including multiple care arrangements) and analyzed the effects of those arrangements on children’s social-behavioral development at kindergarten entry. The results and discussion can contribute to researchers’ and policymakers’ understanding of the need for social-behavioral supports.

Can Center-Based Care Reduce Summer Slowdown prior to Kindergarten?: Exploring Variation by Family Income, Race/Ethnicity, and Dual Language Learner Status

This journal article analyzes whether center-based summer care sustains preschool gains. The researchers examine how family income, race and ethnicity, and dual language learner status are related to summer growth in children’s math and language skills.

Native Language and Culture Experiences among Children in Region XI Head Start Classrooms and Programs: Findings from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015

This brief uses data from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) to describe children’s native language and cultural experiences and racial and language diversity in Region IX Head Start classrooms. This data underscores the importance of investing in Native culture and language experiences.

Challenges and Solutions to Conducting Intensive Studies in Early Care and Education Settings

This brief shares multiple solutions for addressing the unique challenges of conducting studies in early care and education settings, including recruitment and data collection.

Predictors for the Quality of Family Child Care: A Meta-Analysis

This paper used studies from around the world to examine which factors from provider background and program characteristics predict the quality of family child care. The international results may inform policies regarding quality features in family child care settings.
Opportunities in the Field
Save the Dates for the Virtual National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC) 2020!
ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood 2020
November 30 – December 3, 2020
The Conference Agenda is Now Available!
The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) National Research Conference on Early Childhood 2020 (NRCEC 2020) will be held virtually, Monday, Nov. 30 to Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.
The conference will include numerous symposia covering the latest in early childhood research and interactive poster sessions.
Visit the NRCEC 2020 website to view the agenda and click to add conference events to your calendar. As always, there is no registration fee and we encourage all those interested to participate. Stay tuned for the launch of the full conference program!
The goals of NRCEC 2020 are to:
  • Identify and disseminate research relevant to young children birth to 8, their families, and the programs that serve them
  • Encourage collaboration among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers
  • Build upon the evidence base for policy and practice
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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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