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Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium 2008

July 31-August 1, 2008

The Child Care Policy Research Consortium is a national alliance of research projects sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Consortium's purpose is to increase the national capacity for sound child care research, identify and respond to critical issues, and link child care research with policy and practice.

The Child Care Policy Research Consortium Annual Meeting was held July 31-August 1, 2008, in Washington D.C. Materials from the conference, listed below, include a summary of each session along with Powerpoint presentations.


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Plenaries and Breakout Sessions

  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks (Plenary)

  2. Determinants of Parental Decisionmaking (Plenary)

  3. The Role of Information in Parental Decisionmaking: Key Questions and Challenges (Breakout)

  4. Professional Development Strategies: Findings and Implications (Breakout)

  5. QRS Evaluations: Challenges and Opportunities (Breakout)

  6. Integrated Data Systems (Breakout)

  7. Quality Topics Relevant for Policy and Practice (Plenary)

  8. Promising Policies and Practices to Reduce Work and Child Care Instabilities and Promote Employment (Breakout)

  9. Child Care Utilization Issues for Diverse Families (Breakout)

  10. Current Status and Challenges in Quality Measures Development: Linking Practices to Young Children's School Readiness across Domains of Development (Breakout)

  11. Measuring Outcomes Related to Systems-Level Collaboration (Breakout)

  12. Professional Development: Strategies, Systems, and Measures (Plenary)

  13. Aligning and Evaluating Services and Systems (Plenary)

  14. Provider Practices That Support Parents and Families: Implications for Policy, Concepts of Quality, and Research (Breakout)

  15. Child Care Subsidies and Family Self-Sufficiency Outcomes (Breakout)

  16. Multiple Programs, Services, and Funding Streams: Implications for Families, Policymakers, and Researchers (Breakout)

  17. Professional Development and Systems-Building Overlap (Breakout)

  18. Populations of Interest: Decisionmaking; Access across Programs and Systems; and Challenges Related to Quality, Research, and Measurement (Plenary)

  19. Emerging Issues and Next Steps (Closing Plenary)

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