This descriptive study explored the ECE-related consumer education activities described in the FY 2019-2021 CCDF State Plans and the types of consumer education information available on states’ ECE consumer education websites (i.e., states’ official consumer education website, Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) website, and child care search engines). Using a multi-dimensional family centered definition of access, we sought to understand how states’ ECE consumer education websites support access to child care information. We examined the extent to which information is easy to find, addresses affordability, helps parents understand how ECE supports child development, and addresses parents’ needs (for example, accommodates their work schedules and their geographic location). (author abstract)
Supporting families’ access to child care and early education: A descriptive profile of states’ consumer education websites
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