Project

Feb 13, 2020

The purpose of the project (Minnesota Child Care Policy Research Partnership: A Research Partnership to Advance Equitable Access to Early Care and Education in Minnesota) is to address the challenges of access to early care and education (ECE) in Minnesota through an established research partnership between the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Trends, and the University of Minnesota. The project aims to support children and families in Minnesota by addressing pressing questions that policymakers and researchers have related to equitable access to ECE and improving stakeholders’ understanding of the effectiveness of policies and practices that support access.

The Minnesota Child Care Policy Research Partnership addresses the challenges of advancing equitable access to early care and education (ECE) in Minnesota. The partnership between Child Trends, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the University of Minnesota aims to support children and families by addressing pressing questions that policymakers and researchers have about the effectiveness of policies and practices to support ECE access.

The partnership will conduct studies to understand (i) changes in the supply of ECE including the decline in licensed family child care and how supply is influenced by polices, regulation and funding, (ii) the effectiveness of activities designed to engage and support professional development among family child care providers and center-based providers from different geographical areas and different cultural communities and (iii) the effectiveness of policies and practices in positively shaping the way families of different backgrounds navigate and use the available information about quality, use subsidies and manage their ECE costs, and perceive their experiences using ECE. Multiple sources of data (administrative, web analytics, surveys), innovative participatory data collection strategies and rigorous analysis techniques will produce findings that are actionable, relevant and timely.

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Project Description

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Partners:

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Staff:

Principal Investigators: Kathryn Tout and Elizabeth Davis, University of Minnesota

Project Director: Jennifer Cleveland

Project Manager: Jennifer Cleveland, Ashley Hirilall, and Jenna Castillo