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Virginia's local social service agencies: Child care quality, improvement, subsidy data, and what would be most useful in an early childhood data system

The authors examine how the local departments of social services across Virginia reported allocating their quality improvement (QI) funds in 2009. They also sought to discover what types of data are routinely collected, as well as what types of information localities would like from an early childhood data system. A survey of the departments revealed the types of data collected related to the child care subsidy program, preschool and childcare, childcare quality, and learning outcomes. Also surveyed were the methods agencies used to store data. Results indicate that the majority of 2009 QI funds appear to be dedicated to purchasing materials, curricula, and professional development activities, rather than to assessment, family-oriented activities, or business practices. Type of care is the only data reported that they collect additional quality-related information related to subsidy care. Localities cited the tracking of a 5-year cap for child care assistance, parent employment as related to child care use, and child care quality by type of provider as the top three data types that would prove most helpful to them. Future research could shed light upon the professional development and curricula choices of localities.
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