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Acevedo-Polakovich Ignacio D., Spring Hannah E., Stacy Sara T., Nordquist Erica A., Normand Mary M., November, 2017
Literature Review
Peer Reviewed
In the United States (U.S.), Early Head Start programs provide important services and resources that can benefit children and families. While additional benefits occur when these programs engage fathers, Early Head Start has historically experienced…
Cabrera Natasha J., Karberg Elizabeth, Malin Jenessa L., Aldoney Daniela, November/December 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Using data from a diverse sample of low-income families who participated in the Early Head Start Research Evaluation Project (n = 73), we explored the association between mothers' and fathers' playfulness with toddlers, toddler's affect during play…
Warash Barbara G., Root Amy Kennedy, Doris Meghan Devito, May/June 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Play is essential for growth and learning during early childhood. However, the current focus on academics in preschool education has resulted in less emphasis placed on play as a learning tool. In the current study, parents' value of play was…
Chien Nina C., Minton Sarah, Giannarelli Linda, January, 2017
Reports & Papers
The federal government provides subsidies for child care to low-income families to promote employment and child development, among other reasons. These subsidies currently provide child care for 15 percent of eligible families, and the current…
Simms Kimberly Burgess, Chien Nina C., Enchautegui Maria E., 20 December, 2016
Fact Sheets & Briefs
One of the primary motivations for public investment in early care and education is its potential to increase parental employment. Indeed, economic theory and empirical evidence suggest that such support can improve parental labor force…
Enchautegui Maria E., Chien Nina C., Simms Kimberly Burgess, Ghertner Robin, December, 2016
Reports & Papers
One of the purposes of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is to provide parents with child care to enable their work. In FY2014, 1.4 million children (from 853,000 families) received subsidies through this program averaging $4,800 per year.…
Enchautegui Maria E., Chien Nina C., Simms Kimberly Burgess, Ghertner Robin, December, 2016
Executive Summary
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides access to child care for low-income families so they can work, attend school, or enroll in training to improve the well-being of their families and support early learning and development of their…
Foster Tricia D., Froyen Laura C., Skibbe Lori E., Bowles Ryan P., Decker Kalli B., November, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The home learning environment (HLE) that children experience early on is highly predictive of their later academic competencies; however, the bulk of this work is operationalized from mothers' perspectives. This study investigates the HLE provided…
Duursma Elisabeth, October, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Bookreading is known to benefit young children's language and literacy development. However, research has demonstrated that how adults interact around a book with a child is probably even more important than reading the complete text. Dialogic or…
Fagan Jay, Iglesias Aquiles, Kaufman Rebecca, August, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study examined the associations among child language competence during father-child play interactions, fathers' time spent volunteering in their preschool-age child's Head Start classroom over the course of one school year, amount of father…
Sikiric Ana Marija, Cicak Josip, June, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Nowadays, women make more than 60% university graduates, but their status in the labour market does not fully reflect educational achievements, which leads to greater financial dependence of women on men and gender inequality in other areas. To…
Dow Dawn Marie, February, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Existing research assumes that hegemonic mothering ideologies influence U.S. mothers' work and family decisions. These ideologies assume that childrearing is a mother's duty, that mothering occurs within a self-sufficient nuclear family, and that…
VanderLaan Doug P., Petterson Lanna J., Mallard Ryan W., Vasey Paul L., July/August 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Samoan transgendered males are known as fa'afafine. Although Samoan women are characterized as the primary child care providers, fa'afafine report elevated willingness to invest in nieces and nephews compared to men and women. We hypothesized that…
Anderson Sheila, Aller Ty B., Piercy Kathleen W., Roggman Lori A., March, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Early childhood programmes (ECPs) serving children from low-income families are becoming increasingly interested in engaging fathers. The purpose of this study was to examine perspectives of diverse fathers with low incomes to more fully understand…
Light Jacob, 2015
Reports & Papers
The United States Department of Health and Human Services emphasizes a holistic approach to early childhood education and family development in its Head Start programming for low-income families. Head Start, since its inception, has been the subject…