About the Centers

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, has funded two centers to develop resources to help CCDF Lead Agencies build their research and evaluation capacity.

The Center for Supporting Research on CCDBG Implementation (2016–21) aims to inform and evaluate policies and initiatives implemented in response to the goals of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The center also supports the CCDBG Implementation Research and Evaluation grantees (2016–22). 

The Child Care Research and Evaluation Capacity Building Center (2019–24), which is operated by the Urban Institute in partnership with Mathematica, aims to assess and build the research and evaluation capacities of state, territory, and tribal CCDF Lead Agencies. The center also supports cross-project collaboration among the 2019 cohort of the Child Care Policy Research Partnership grantees and dissemination of their reports.

Each center supports a set of 11 grantees, listed below:

CCDBG Implementation Research and Evaluation Grantees:

  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and Child Care and Development Fund (Planning)
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council (Planning and Implementation)
  • Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (Planning and Implementation)
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (Planning and Implementation)
  • Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (Planning and Implementation)
  • Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (Planning)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Offices of Child Development and Early Learning (Planning)
  • Oklahoma Department of Human Services (Planning)
  • Oregon Department of Education (Planning and Implementation)
  • Washington State Department of Early Learning (Planning)
  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (Planning and Implementation)

Child Care Policy Research Partnership Grantees:

  • Arkansas: SRI International, the National Center for Children in Poverty, and the Arkansas Department of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
  • California: SRI International and the California Department of Education
  • District of Columbia: the Urban Institute and the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Division of Early Learning
  • Illinois: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood
  • Louisiana: University of Virginia and the Louisiana Department of Education
  • Maryland: Child Trends and the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Childhood
  • Massachusetts: Boston University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
  • Michigan: Public Policy Associates, Inc., the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Great Start, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Minnesota: Child Trends, University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • New Mexico: University of New Mexico’s Cradle to Career Policy Institute, the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, and the New Mexico Governor’s Children’s Cabinet
  • Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families