Through the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research and Analysis (CCEEPRA) project with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Child Trends engaged CCEE experts and stakeholders to support development of a research agenda for the CCEE field in response to COVID-19. The goal of this engagement was to get input on high priority questions that can inform the field’s understanding of the pandemic’s impact on the CCEE landscape, including children, families, CCEE programs (licensed child care centers, licensed family child care programs, license exempt but legally operating center- and home-based programs, home-based care provided by family, friend, and neighbors, Head Start, and state pre-kindergarten), the CCEE workforce, and the broader system of agencies, local organizations, and institutes of higher education that support CCEE. The purpose of this work is to develop and revise a research, evaluation, and data agenda that can be used by a wide range of stakeholders (state administrators, policymakers, advocates, funders, etc.) to prioritize research questions that need to be addressed and identify potential data sources to answer these questions (the following section provides further details about the purpose and value of the research agenda). While the agenda emerged from needs identified during the pandemic, it has broader use and applicability for the field, as it calls attention to the need to address longstanding challenges and inequities in CCEE. (author abstract)
COVID-19 research, evaluation, and data agenda for child care and early education
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