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Resources by Topic: Child care

Childcare Need and Availability in Rural Areas: Policy Brief and Recommendations to the Secretary
Presents the findings from the 90th meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services examining the availability and accessibility of childcare services in rural communities. Provides recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on actions supporting rural childcare. Discusses the efforts of the American Rescue Plan Act funding, and the effects of COVID-19 and the Public Health Emergency on childcare access and availability.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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The State of Health in Tennessee: 2023 Annual Report to the 113th Tennessee General Assembly
Provides a comprehensive overview of health in Tennessee, including health outcomes of individuals and information on the health of the state's healthcare system. Includes statistics on rural hospitals that have closed in recent years, and those at risk of closure as of 2022. Features county-level maps showing Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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Childcare for Farm Families: A Key Strategy to Keep Children Safe yet Largely Absent from Farm Programming
Analyzed programming and resources through an environmental scan and key informant interviews in Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin to assess how the farm industry addresses childcare and farm safety for farm families. Discusses the culture of families in farming and offers recommendations for future research.
Author(s): Florence Becot, Shoshanah Inwood, Andrea Rissing
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 10, 1043774
Date: 11/2022
Type: Document
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Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) Are Twice as Likely to Support Parenting Students With On-Campus Child Care as Other Institutions
Compares Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) with other higher learning institutions and their likelihood to provide childcare options for their students. Discusses the importance of on-campus child care to support educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students.
Author(s): Jessica Warren, Deana Around Him
Date: 11/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Child Trends
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Using Maps to Inform Decisions about Child Care and Early Education
Discusses how utilizing maps can assist childcare and early education (CCEE) leaders and partners in the planning of policy, resource allocation, supply building, and family support strategies. Provides county-level examples of maps and discusses technical considerations related to making local decisions about CCEE availability and access.
Author(s): Van-Kim Lin, Erin Bumgarner, Dayne Ornelas Gonzalez, Kelly Maxwell
Date: 10/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, Child Trends
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Young Children's Geographic Access to Head Start Preschool Programs, 2022
Examines geographic access to Head Start Preschool Programs for income-eligible 3- and 4-year old children. Provides data related to children's access to and availability of programs by state, race/ethnicity, and metropolitan, micropolitan, small town, or rural location.
Author(s): Robin Ghertner, Alayna Schreier
Date: 10/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Early Childhood Care and Education Programs in Rural Areas
Provides statistics on the percentage of children under 6 years and their access to child care by city, suburban, town, and rural locale. Includes discussions related to child care services such as impacts on parental employment and child development.
Date: 10/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Education Statistics
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Rural Child Care Solutions: From the Ground Up
Explores challenges related to childcare access in Minnesota that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes data on childcare availability broken down by entirely rural, town/rural mix, urban/town/rural mix, and entirely urban location. Includes discussions, models, and mitigating strategies to address childcare issues.
Additional links: Summary
Author(s): Marnie Werner
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Retention Strategies with Head Start-Eligible Families Experiencing Adversity: A Review of the Literature
Examines Head Start recruitment, enrollment, and retention strategies in relation to families experiencing adversity. Reviews 39 research studies published between 2011 and 2021 to identify adversities experienced by Head Start-eligible families, such as poverty, homelessness, involvement with foster care and child welfare systems, and substance abuse. Includes information about unique adversities experienced in rural locations.
Author(s): Cassandra Baxter, Nikki Aikens, Louisa Tarullo, et al.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: ACF Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Mathematica
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Searching for "a Place that's Accessible for All the People who Need It": Child Care Access for Latino Immigrant Families in Nobles County
Examines childcare issues experienced by Latino immigrant families in rural Nobles County, Minnesota. Discusses barriers to quality childcare such as cost, language differences, COVID-19, safety concerns, difficulty of location in rural areas, and more. Includes data such as childcare desert ratios and percentage of income going to childcare.
Author(s): Ulises Linares, Zoe Martens, Kerim Ă–rsel
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Policy and Development, The Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
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