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Schilder Diane, Willenborg Peter, Lou Cary, Knowles Sarah, Thomas Kate, July 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

This resource is an online directory of individual state fact sheets. There are snapshots for 50 states, District of Columbia, and a separate national snapshot. Each snapshot provides the following: the number and share of children under age 6…

Holmes Jennifer F., St. Laurent Christine W., Spencer Rebecca M., 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Unhealthy dietary choices are associated with poor sleep in children through adults. Yet, how diet and sleep are related in early childhood, when diet is reliant on parent choices around food availability, is unknown. The authors aimed to explore…

Lucas Kimberly, Robeson Wendy Wagner, November, 2020
Reports & Papers
The COVID-19 pandemic has added new challenges to Boston families’ abilities to address their child care needs. This project was designed (1) to uncover families’ child care preferences, (2) identify the factors that drive these preferences, and (3…
Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, October, 2020
Reports & Papers
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) has collected and now reports data on the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls across the Commonwealth. The MCSW recognizes the critical importance that child care and education play in the…
Beacon Research, September, 2020
Reports & Papers
This report presents key and detailed findings from a survey, conducted August 13-26, 2020, of 599 parents of young children in Massachusetts. It looks at childcare utilization and expected arrangements for the fall of 2020, by type of care,…
Bingulac Marija, Savage Sarah, Wilson Julia, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
To better understand whether and how the "need for change" is perceived among child care stakeholders in New England, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston conducted an online exploratory survey between December 2018 and March 2019 with 664 individuals…
Ruppanner Leah, Moller Stephanie, Sayer Liana, 29 July, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study investigates the relationship between maternal employment and state-to-state differences in childcare cost and mean school day length. Pairing state-level measures with an individual-level sample of prime working-age mothers from the…
Yan Ni, Ansari Arya, Q4 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Informed by the transactional and bioecological theories, this study examined the bidirectional relations between intrusive caregiving and children's externalizing behaviors across the family and school systems during the early elementary school…
Adams Gina, Derrick-Mills Teresa, Heller Caroline, September, 2016
Reports & Papers
This report presents findings from a review of 17 programs and initiatives working to meet the child care needs of low-income parents seeking education and training. It highlights common strategies these organizations have implemented to meet the…
Jacobs Anna W., Hill Terrence D., Tope Daniel, O'Brien Laureen K., July-August 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: Although studies suggest that employment promotes mental health, it is unclear whether this pattern extends to low-income urban women with children who are disproportionately employed in unstable jobs and often unable to obtain child care…
Adams Gina, Heller Caroline, Spaulding Shayne, Derrick-Mills Teresa, October, 2014
Reports & Papers
This paper is part of a larger Urban Institute project -- Bridging the Gap: Understanding the Intersection between Workforce Development and Child Care -- supported by the Ford Foundation, that examines the intersection between workforce development…
Crosnoe Robert, Prickett Kate Chambers, Smith Chelsea, Cavanagh Shannon E., April, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Family structure change can disrupt the settings of children's daily lives. Most scholarship focuses on disruption in the home environment. Moving beyond the home, this study explores the association between changes in family structure and changes…
Herbst Chris M., December, 2013
Reports & Papers
This paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the Lanham Act of 1940, a heavily subsidized and universal child care program that was administered throughout the U.S. during World War II. I begin by estimating the impact of the Lanham Act on…
Coley Rebekah Levine, Lombardi Caitlin McPherran, January, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
An analysis of the relationship between maternal employment in the two years after childbearing and children's cognitive and behavioral functioning at age 7, with additional analyses of the moderating roles of race/ethnicity and child care type on…
Son Seohee, Bauer Jean W., March, 2010
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A study of perceptions of difficulties and challenges of balancing family, child care, and work responsibilities, based on a secondary analysis of interview data with of 28 rural, low-income, continuously employed, and single mothers across 11…