Early Childhood Education

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

 

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections is a comprehensive resource for researchers and policymakers to promote high-quality research and inform policy on early care and education. Research Connections is based at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a division of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

The central feature of Research Connections is its Web site www. childcareresearch.org, which provides easy access to a searchable collection of research drawn from over fifty disciplines related to child care and early education. Continually updated, the collection currently contains over 7,000 resources. Resources in the collection examine the child care and early education experiences of children from birth through eight years and—when addressing school-age child care—through age 13. Other topics covered include parents and families using child care and early education services, the early childhood and school-age child-care work force, and child care and early education settings, programs, and policies. Resources include original research, syntheses, datasets (to download and to analyze online), instruments and measures (used for data collection), and other research-related materials. Additionally, the site provides guidance on understanding and assessing research quality, policy links on early care and education, and tools to analyze fifty-state data.

In addition to its research collection, Research Connections prepares briefs and reviews that synthesize policy-relevant research findings, for example, on child-care subsidies, promoting early language and literacy, and infant and toddler child care. All Research Connections publications are available on its Web site. Research Connections also undertakes a range of additional activities, which include organizing trainings on data analysis; convening roundtables on emerging issues; sharing materials from collaborations of researchers and policymakers; highlighting events and opportunities in the field; and responding to online research and policy requests. Information about these activities is available on the Web site.

Research Connections is supported by the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through a cooperative agreement with the National Center for Children in Poverty and its partner, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan. Access Research Connections atwww.childcareresearch.org. For more information or assistance, send an e-mail to contact@childcareresearch.org.

Meredith Willa