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This brief provides a conceptual model for developing quality improvement initiatives and professional development for home-based child care that takes into account the distinctive characteristics for these settings. The model is organized into three components: (1) foundations for sustainability of care; (2) lasting relationships; and (3) opportunities for learning and development.
This national study explores how low-income children's access to early childhood education might differ from their higher-income peers and how child care subsidy policies can close the gap. The study assigned states to one of five profiles based on a package of subsidy policies to produce findings about which packages provide equity in access to high quality programs.
This issue brief summarizes developments in the field including a growing research base, an increased understanding of high quality practice, and system-level efforts to improve quality. It provides recommendations for advancing the field on research and practice.
This issue brief provides a summary of the increasingly robust research base on key characteristics of high quality programs and the resulting child outcomes. It also refers to the many valid and reliable measures that exist to examine program effectiveness, including the California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project.
This issue brief shares how to apply new research from neuroscience to build an out-of-school time (OST) program that will help recruit and retain underserved youth. The brief describes how LA's Best programs build on what is relevant and of interest to youth to build an engaging social setting, while embedding literacy and numeracy skills.
This blueprint identifies promising quality improvement practices emerging from empirical research and from national experts. It can be used as a worksheet by Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) developers to develop goals, leadership, technical assistance systems and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach. It is equally helpful for school-age system developers.