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Resources by Topic: Child care

Understanding American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs: The Potential of Existing Data
Details a report on the healthcare and developmental needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children from prenatal to 5 years of age. Draws conclusions pertaining to information from the American Community Survey and the Head Start Program Information Reports and points to gaps and limitations in the current data regarding AI/AN children and their families.
Author(s): Lizabeth Malone, Emily Knas, Sara Bernstein, Lindsay Read Feinberg
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica Policy Research
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Mountains, Plains, Cities, Schools: An Analysis of Colorado's Rural and Urban School-Based Health Centers
Examines important aspects of Colorado's school-based health centers (SBHCs), including program growth, funding sources, populations served, and service offerings. Uses statewide statistics to compare urban versus rural SBHCs and illustrate how SBHCs help fill critical healthcare gaps within the state.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Child Care Deserts
A report analyzing child care centers by zip code in eight states, with a specific focus on how limited or complete lack of access disproportionately affects rural areas. Includes a discussion of what constitutes a child care desert and what may prevent families from finding needed care, such as prohibitive cost based on income ratio.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Early Care, Early Education, and Home Visiting in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Design Options for Assessing Early Childhood Needs
Highlights a report presenting a framework for future studies of the unmet needs in early childhood care, education, and home visiting in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Identifies study designs using existing data on the national level and designs requiring new data collection at the community level.
Author(s): Lizabeth Malone, Emily Knas, Michael Cavanaugh, Jerry West
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica Policy Research
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America After 3PM Special Report: The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities
Provides an overview of afterschool and summer learning programming in rural America. Discusses health and wellness impacts of afterschool programs for rural children. Describes strengths of rural programs and identifies barriers to participation in rural communities.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Afterschool Alliance
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The Two Georgias: Addressing Health Equity in Rural Georgia
A series of articles discussing health disparities between rural and urban Georgia. Includes sections devoted to literature reviews, qualitative research, population science, needs assessments, and public health practices. Topics range from rural hospital closure, access and use of EMS services, and teen pregnancy, to social determinants of health as connected to childcare programs.
Location: Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 5(4), 294-404
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Public Health Association
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Grandparent Caregiving Among Rural African Americans in a Community in the American South: Challenges to Health and Wellbeing
Findings from an interview-based qualitative study analyzing grandparent caregiving among low-income, African American grandmothers in rural Georgia, and discusses the challenges to their health associated with child caregiving.
Author(s): Emmanuel Clottey, Alison Scott, Moya Alfonso
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 15, 3313
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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After Great Recession, More Married Fathers Providing Child Care
Reports on the percentage of married fathers providing care for their children while mothers worked outside the home. Examines child care provided by married fathers by race, ethnicity, and residence in urban or rural locations.
Author(s): Kristin Smith
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Engagement, Recruitment, and Retention in a Trans-Community, Randomized Controlled Trial for the Prevention of Obesity in Rural American Indian and Hispanic Children
Describes the process of engaging, recruiting, and retaining participants for the Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE) study. Discusses outcomes, barriers, lessons learned, and strategies used in the CHILE study. CHILE studies childhood obesity prevention and intervention in rural American Indian and predominately Hispanic Head Start centers in New Mexico.
Author(s): Theresa H. Cruz, Sally M. Davis, Courtney A. FitzGerald, Glenda F. Canaca, Patricia C. Keane
Location: Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(3), 135-149
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
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Improving the Physical Activity and Nutrition Environment Through Self-Assessment (NAP SACC) in Rural Area Child Care Centers in North Carolina
Presents results from a study designed to determine if rural child care centers in western North Carolina meet recommendations for nutrition and physical activity. Also examines whether focusing on nutrition and physical activity is effective in improving the center environment, and if differences exist between school-affiliated and unaffiliated care centers.
Author(s): Rebecca A. Battista, Hillary Oakley, Melissa S. Weddell, et al.
Location: Preventive Medicine, 67, S10-S16
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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