PROJECTChild Care Policy Research Partnership Highlights: California, District of Columbia, Michigan, and Minnesota

March 14, 2022

I am pleased to share highlights from the Child Care Policy Research Partnership (CCPRP) grants in California, DC, Michigan, and Minnesota. These briefs and fact sheets provide important findings from 4 of the 11 CCPRP grants, funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.

New demographic data show a growing and diverse population of preschoolers with disabilities in subsidized child care in California (October 2021)

This data snapshot of California shows the number of preschoolers with disabilities in subsidized care increased during 2015–19 to over 6,000 children. In 2019, preschoolers with disabilities in subsidized care were more likely to be male, Hispanic, and 4 years old than those without disabilities, and they were less likely to receive full-time subsidized care. A second data snapshot (PDF) describes preschoolers who received special education services, comparing California and national data.

What do early educators in the District of Columbia think about the revamped quality rating and improvement system? (January 2022)

A new brief explores how local early educators view DC’s redesigned quality rating and improvement system, Capital Quality, which rolled out in 2016–18. Just over half of respondents were aware of Capital Quality before receiving the survey. Those familiar with components of Capital Quality generally felt positively about it and reported its benefits. The accompanying technical report describes the online survey’s design and implementation and shares the final survey instrument.

State Policy Responses to COVID-19: Examining the Impact on Michigan’s Child Care Assistance Program (December 2021) (PDF)

In Michigan, policy changes spurred by the pandemic may have helped stabilize the child care marketplace after the early shock of the pandemic, according to administrative data, interviews with parents and providers, a survey of caseworkers and other sources. After a decline in March 2020, family provider participation in Michigan’s assistance program stabilized in August 2020, and the policy changes studied did not have a differential impact by racial, ethnic, or income group. Additional findings are presented in this summary, and other briefs reporting the impact of COVID-19 on child care can be found on the Public Policy Associates website.

Anxiety among child care providers in Minnesota during COVID-19 was high but varied by provider characteristics (November 2021) (PDF)

Many child care providers in Minnesota experienced high levels of anxiety during the pandemic. A survey of child care providers found that nearly 1 in 5 respondents (17 percent) had experienced moderate or severe anxiety in summer 2020, with family child care providers less likely to be anxious than center-based providers. This compendium of 11 fact sheets paints a detailed picture of provider experiences during the pandemic and perspectives on the Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grant program.

I look forward to sharing highlights from other partnerships in future emails. This and three earlier CCPRP Highlights emails are archived on the Grantee Reports page of our Building Child Care Research Capacity web page.

Research Areas Children and youth
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
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