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Resources by Topic: Child care

Working Together for Children and Families: Findings from the National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
Provides information about programs participating in the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships in urban and rural areas, and their activities delivering services to infants, toddlers, and families. Features statistics including number and type of partners recruited by grantees, child care partner enrollment capacity, hours of operation, staff salaries, and locations of grantees with breakdowns by 9 levels of urban or rural location.
Author(s): Patricia Del Grosso, Jaime Thomas, Libby Makowsky, et al.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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America's Child Care Deserts in 2018
Assesses child care availability in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with a special emphasis on how limited or complete lack of access disproportionately impacts rural and Hispanic/Latino populations. Includes discussion on child care deserts and provides a list of policy recommendations to increase access to low-cost and high-quality child care.
Author(s): Rasheed Malik, Katie Hamm, Leila Schochet, Cristina Novoa, Simon Workman, Steven Jessen-Howard
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Understanding Infant and Toddler Child Care Deserts
Examines the availability of licensed infant-toddler child care in nine states and the District of Columbia, with a focus on how rural communities are disproportionately affected by a limited or complete lack of access to child care services. Features discussion on consequences of child care deserts and offers policy recommendations to increase the supply of licensed child care.
Author(s): Steven Jessen-Howard, Rasheed Malik, Simon Workman, Katie Hamm
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Roadmap for Action: Advancing the Adoption of Telehealth in Child Care Centers and Schools to Promote Children's Health and Well-Being
Discusses strategies and benefits to adopting a telehealth program in a child care center or school. Describes successful rural specific program examples. Outlines a guide for program adoption that covers identifying and building relationships with stakeholders, needs assessment, finding equipment, privacy, payment, sustainability, and implementation challenges.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Children's Partnership
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Both Rural and Urban SNAP Recipients Affected by Proposed Work Requirements
Presents work status data for rural and urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Identifies those exempt from work requirements under current law who may face a new work requirement under proposed legislation, breaking out the current work hours of this group. Briefly discusses the scarcity and expense of child care.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Challenges Related to Pregnancy and Returning to Work after Childbirth in a Rural, Tourism-Dependent Community
Discusses the challenges related to pregnancy and returning to work after childbirth in rural, tourism-dependent communities. Examines the issues of pregnancy timing and maternity leave, breastfeeding support, and child care, providing recommendations for improving conditions in each area. Results are based on a focus group of 6 women, which included 3 mothers and 3 pregnant women.
Author(s): Amanda Corbett, Carrie Henning-Smith, Kristin DeArruda Wharton, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Working Families' Access to Early Childhood Education: Gaps in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont
Highlights a study on the lack of access to child care for working parents in a rural region on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire. Compares child care costs to the median family income of the area and discusses the policy implications of these gaps.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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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). Includes information on 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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Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Impacts
Highlights programs in six rural counties to improve the health and well-being of children and families supported by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. Programs included the expansion of the early childhood care and education program, promotion of physical activity through the development walking and biking routes, and improved accessibility to local foods and support for the local economy.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Luther College, Northeast Iowa Community College
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