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Can Home Visiting Increase the Quality of Home-based Child Care?  Findings from the Caring for Quality Project.  (2008)

This research brief summarizes findings from the Caring For Quality program evaluation.  The Caring for Quality Program is a new innovative training and support program for registered (licensed) and informal (license-exempt) family child care providers.  Results from a 2-year evaluation suggest that home visiting is an effective method for increasing the quality of care provided in home-based child care settings.

Caring For Quality Executive Summary (2006)

The Caring for Quality Program is a new innovative training and support program for registered (licensed) and informal (license-exempt) family child care providers. This brief report summarizes the program and provides some preliminary evaluation findings from the first year of program implementation.

Starting Early in the States: Applying the Lessons of Early Head Start (Cochran & Lekies, 2006)

More than a decade has passed since the establishment of Early Head Start, a program offering education and support services to 0- to 3-year-old children and their low-income families. This national program and its evaluation offer important lessons for the development and implementation of comprehensive services for low-income families. Based on a series of conversations with researchers, policy experts, and program specialists, this policy brief summarizes lessons learned from Early Head Start, and presents a framework and recommendations for designing comprehensive services for low income families at the state and local levels. 

Raising All Boats: Community-Based Programs as Partners in Universal Prekindergarten (2004)

This report presents findings from a statewide survey to directors of community-based organizations such as child care centers, Head Start Programs, and nursery schools that provide UPK services.  Topics discussed include school-community partnerships, Head Start collaboration, teacher certification and professional development, program impacts due to UPK, financing, and overall program satisfaction.

Continuing the Collaboration: Universal Prekindergarten Expansion in New York State (2004)

This report presents findings from a statewide survey to directors of community-based organizations such as child care centers, Head Start Programs, and nursery schools that provide UPK services.  Topics discussed include school-community partnerships, Head Start collaboration, teacher certification and professional development, program impacts due to UPK, financing, and overall program satisfaction.

Implementing a Statewide Universal Prekindergarten Program: Case Study Series (2004)
New York City; Small City; Rural; Urban


These reports provide findings from in-depth case studies of UPK implementation in four New York State school districts-one urban, one rural, one small city, and one in New York City.  Topics addressed include: planning processes, leadership, collaboration with community-based organizations, developmentally appropriate practices, teacher certification, child recruitment, program successes, and ongoing challenge.

Early Childhood Workforce Preparation in New York State: A Pilot Study (2002)


Covered in this report are a number of issues central to early childhood teacher preparation in New York State.  Includes discussion of career trajectories in public school prekindergarten, child care and Head Start, with particular reference to the educational requirements attached to various pathways; the current capacity of higher education system to grant degrees at various levels; lessons learned from an articulation case study involving a four-year college and two community colleges; and resources and incentives available to assist those interested in obtaining higher education or credentials.

Early Care for Infants and Toddlers: Examining the Broader impacts of Universal Prekindergarten (2001)


Findings are presented from a statewide study of child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies on the impacts of Universal Prekindergarten.  Topics covered include CCR&R involvement in UPK implementation, perceived impacts on services to infants and toddlers, competition for four-year-olds, community concerns, and positive impacts of UPK.

Collaborating for Kids: New York State Universal Prekindergarten 1999-2000 (2001)


This report summarizes survey and final report data from over 90 "Wave One" school districts that continued their participation in Universal Prekindergarten during the second year of program implementation.  Universal access and diversity, school-community collaboration, parent involvement, developmentally appropriate practice, teacher preparation, financing, and program successes and challenges are the primary topics covered in this report.

New York State Universal Prekindergarten Assessment Meeting (2000)


This report provides a summary of the "Assessing the Feasibility of Using Child Outcomes as a Means of Evaluating Universal Prekindergarten in New York" conference.  This conference was held in May 2000 at Cornell University  The purposes of this meeting were to identify critical issues related to gathering of school-readiness related child outcome data and to assess the possible roles of stakeholders.

Promising Practices: New York State Universal Prekindergarten (1999)


This report describes the contents of the Universal Prekindergarten Program plans submitted to the NYS Department of Education by 95 New York State school districts and identifies a number of promising practices proposed in those plans.  The report is organized around five policy dimensions: collaboration, universal access, developmentally appropriate practice, diversity, and teacher preparation.