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Delaney Katherine K., Krepps Karen, Q2 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
For Head Start programs, the 2010 enactment of the Head Start Designation Renewal System (HS-DRS) reflects a national trend in rising accountability related to classroom quality for early childhood programs. Under HS-DRS, all Head Start programs are…
Connors Maia C., Vergara Jessica L., Farrar Isabel C., March 2021
Reports & Papers

This report presents the findings of the initial phase of exploration regarding the creation of a Chicago early childhood research consortium. Between October 2020 and January 2021, we conducted stakeholder interviews with 26 participants from 16…

Gomez Celia J., Whitaker Anamarie A., Cannon Jill S., Faxon-Mills Susannah, Bhandarkar Mallika, 2021
Reports & Papers
Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) is a county-level quality rating and improvement system that supports center-based and family child care providers serving children from birth to age five. The RAND Corporation conducted a developmental evaluation…
Bassok Daphna, Magouirk Preston, Markowitz Anna J., January-December 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Despite substantial federal, state, and local investments in improving early care and education (ECE), we know little about whether ECE program quality has improved over time. The lack of data tracking the quality of publicly funded ECE programs…

Rosenthal Marjorie S., Franco-Labarga Ana Elisa, Jeon Sangchoon, Ma Tony, Crowley Angela A., August, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
FDC providers may join child care provider networks to feel a part of a community, gain assistance with licensing requirements, and to learn best practices in topics including early literacy, preschool education, health, safety, and small business…
Reid Jeanne L., Melvin Samantha A., Kagan Sharon Lynn, Brooks-Gunn Jeanne, 10 July, 2020
Reports & Papers
This study compares the characteristics of New York City’s EarlyLearn programs for infants and toddlers that are located in centers and family child care (FCC) settings with a focus on their experience of EarlyLearn quality-enhancement efforts in…
Cannon Jill S., Gomez Celia J., Whitaker Anamarie A., 2020
Reports & Papers
This report highlights several broad data-use lessons drawn from the RAND Corporation's experiences as a research partner with Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA), the QRIS in Los Angeles County. We analyzed QSLA data from 2013 through 2019 to examine…
Halle Tamara, Partika Anne, Nagle Kerensa, August, 2019
Reports & Papers
This brief provides an overview of definitions of readiness, noting distinctions between individual readiness, organizational readiness, and system readiness. We also share examples of how ECE researchers are currently attempting to capture the…
Child Care Working Group, June, 2019
Reports & Papers
On May 1, 2019, the Child Care Working Group held a public comment hearing to listen to child care stakeholder feedback on the following questions: 1. How can we enhance safety in child care? 2. How can we enhance quality in child care? 3. How can…
Hallam Rena A., Hooper Alison, Buell Martha J., Ziegler Melissa, Han Myae, Q2 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
As states develop and revise Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), more research attention is needed on the implementation of quality improvement strategies that effectively support family childcare programs. The aims of the current study…
Schilder Diane, March, 2019
Reports & Papers
The BUILD Initiative and the Raikes Foundation funded the development of this report to tell the story of how leaders and stakeholders in Washington State came together around a unified vision of accessible, equitable, and high-quality Expanded…
Whitebook Marcy, Hankey Aline, Schlieber Marisa, Austin Lea J. E., Philipp George, 2018
Reports & Papers
The following report presents the findings from the 2018 Miami-Dade County SEQUAL study conducted in the spring of 2018. The study shares the perspectives of teaching staff employed in center-based programs in Miami-Dade County, including those that…
Whitebook Marcy, Schlieber Marisa, Hankey Aline, Austin Lea J. E., Philipp George, 2018
Reports & Papers
The following report presents the findings from the 2018 Minnesota SEQUAL study and includes the perspectives of teaching staff across licensed child care centers throughout the state, including centers participating and those not participating in…
Whitebook Marcy, Schlieber Marisa, Hankey Aline, Austin Lea J. E., Philipp George, 2018
Reports & Papers
The following report presents the findings from the 2017 New York SEQUAL study and includes the perspectives of teaching staff employed in programs participating in QUALITYstarsNY in the spring and fall of 2017. Following a description of the study…
Wisconsin Policy Forum, 2018
Reports & Papers
To understand how child care providers in Wisconsin (and its largest urban center, Milwaukee County) are faring under YoungStar, and the extent to which the program is having its intended effect of improving child care quality, we analyzed the…