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Resources by Topic: Child care

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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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.
Citation: 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
Citation: 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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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.
Citation: Preventive Medicine, 67(S1), S10-S16
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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