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IN THIS ISSUE December 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: early care and education among Hispanic families; materials from the recent 2020 Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium; reports on teacher and parental stress; and a new tool for assessing relationships in home-based programs. We at Research Connections wish everyone a safe and peaceful holiday season.
Research Connections Updates

Sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC) brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. Participants discuss what the field is learning from research that can help inform policy decisions for ACF, states, territories, localities, and grantees. This helps ensure the best next steps for child care and early education research. The CCEEPRC 2020 Virtual Event Series was held July through September 2020. All slides, event summaries, and recordings are available on the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium 2020 Virtual Event Series web page.
Monthly Spotlight
Early Care and Education among Latino Families: Access, Utilization, and Outcomes: Hispanic ECE Issues [Special Issue]

This special edition of Early Childhood Research Quarterly highlights early care and education data for Latino families, including information regarding Latino children in Head Start, family child care, and prekindergarten. Policymakers and service delivery providers who serve Latino families may find this special edition beneficial in program planning and policymaking. 
Other Featured Resources

Preschool Teachers’ Self-Efficacy, Burnout, and Stress in Online Professional Development: A Mixed Methods Approach to Understand Change

This study reports the results of teachers participating in three different professional development approaches and how the respective approach affected the teachers’ emotional status and self-assessment. Two of the approaches (coaching and reflective writing) included access to emotional outlets and feedback opportunities that supported self-efficacy and may reduce emotional exhaustion.

Beyond the Classroom: The Protective Role of Student-Teacher Relationships on Parenting Stress

This study examined how student-teacher relationship quality impacted parenting. Findings demonstrated that close student-teacher relationships is associated with lower parental stress. This research shines a light on the importance of communication with families and the importance of positive student-teacher relationships.

Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program Is Associated with Fewer Barriers to Serving Healthier Foods in Early Care and Education

This report describes the first study to examine the association between participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and barriers to serving healthier foods in early care and education settings. Survey results indicated that directors of child care centers enrolled in CACFP reported fewer barriers to serving healthier foods than those for centers not enrolled. However, cost and children’s food preferences are persistent barriers to serving healthier foods in early care and education settings. Future research could inform how to help overcome these barriers.

The Relationship-Based Support for Home-Based Child Care Assessment Tool Manual

This manual describes the development of the Relationship-Based Support to Home-Based Child Care assessment tool, which examines the quality of interactions and relationships between home-based child care providers and professional development specialists. The manual also describes the tool’s constructs, how to use the tool, and how to interpret results. This tool could be useful to those who want to improve supports for home-based care settings.   
Opportunities in the Field

Research Connections regularly publicizes opportunities of interest, calls for papers, and conference announcements. The following is a list of upcoming events.

Funding Opportunities for Dissertation Research
The Administration for Children and Families has long supported rigorous dissertation research of policy relevance by advanced doctoral students. We are excited to announce that the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation has forecasted and is considering funding Child Care, Head Start, and Behavioral Interventions graduate student dissertation grants in 2021. Please visit for the Child Care Dissertation GrantsHead Start Dissertation Grants, and Behavioral Interventions Scholars forecasts to view the estimated application due dates, subscribe to email notifications regarding these grant opportunities, and obtain links to other information. We also encourage regular visits to the ACF Grants & Funding home page for the latest published funding opportunity announcements. Please circulate this information to any interested parties. Note: These grant opportunities are contingent on available funds and the continued interest of the federal government.
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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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