Early Childhood Education Research - Qualistar

Early Childhood Education Research

We conduct research and use data as a foundation of our work. We utilize leading sources and embed research information, data, and findings in our training, assessment, grants, and scholarships. We are committed to staying apprised of new ECE research in the field and continually update our services to reflect emerging evidence-based best practices.

Research Spotlight

Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age Eight: A Unifying Foundation

October 18, 2016
Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. (2015). “Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age Eight: A Unifying Foundation.” Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.

This full report discusses the implications of child developmental science for early care and education professionals in terms of necessary competencies and practices, as well as the systems change needed to better support the preparation, competency, professional development, and compensation for the early care and education workforce.

Additionally, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council has developed the briefs below which are targeted for specific audiences:

Report in Brief for Educators and Caregivers (April, 2016)
Report in Brief for Policymakers (April, 2016)
Child Development and Early Learning (April, 2016)
Thirteen Recommendations from the Full Report (2015)

Leading Colorado’s Early Care and Education Workforce (2016) by Qualistar Colorado

We published the Leading Colorado’s Early Care and Education Workforce (2016) report in partnership with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Results revealed that leaders and teachers in the field are not fairly compensated for the critical role they have in children’s lives and within local and state economies. The survey, which was completed by nearly 500 early childhood education professionals who self-identified as a leader of a center, preschool, or public school, highlighted the dedication and experience of the workforce while also highlighting key challenges in creating stability within the workforce.

Executive Summary

Cost of Care (2014) by Qualistar Colorado, the Colorado Children’s Campaign and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

In 2013, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado produced a comprehensive research report entitled The Status of Women & Girls in Colorado. Throughout the research phase for that report, many questions and concerns about access and affordability were raised. As a direct result, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado awarded us a grant to investigate the barriers to affordable child care. Qualistar Colorado, the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado published the following series of papers to address the issue and make recommendations for solutions.

Brief: Child Care Prices and Affordability, A Struggle for Colorado Families and Providers (2014)
Brief: Child Care Affordability: A Look into Child Care Business Costs (2014)

KIDS COUNT Report (2017) by the Colorado Children’s Campaign

Each year, the Colorado Children’s Campaign publishes a useful data book that highlights important statistics about our children. Data and research show that many Colorado children face challenges such as attending a high-poverty school, lacking access to culturally relevant health care or child care, struggling to find affordable housing and more. These trends often fall along racial and ethnic lines. Each Kids Count report delves into disparities into child well-being based on race and ethnicity to show us where we can, and must, do better at creating equitable opportunities for children.

For archived reports, click here.

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care (2016) by Child Care Aware of America

Child Care Aware of America, headquartered in Washington, DC, is a leading voice in child care. Their mission is to advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. Their work is strengthened by a national network of child care resource and referral agencies as well as diverse members and partners. Each year a publication is released that focuses specifically on the cost of care for families. Included is an interactive map and state fact sheets that help to better understand the complexities of costs in our field.

Colorado Child Care Aware Fact SheetFor archived reports, click here.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

This website is designed to promote high-quality research and inform policy through free access to thousands of publications and datasets. On this website you can find data and resources, understand current research, and make connections. The website is sponsored by the National Center for Children in Poverty, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Research Supported by Qualistar Data

Data on early childhood education quality, drawn from the Qualistar Rating™ and child outcome data drawn from the RAND Corporation’s evaluation of Colorado’s QRS have been published in more than 10 highly respected journals and have been used to support two dissertations. Data have also been used in three successful federal grant competitions; one sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and two sponsored by the federal Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, and an additional proposal using Qualistar data has been submitted to the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES).

This Annotated Bibliography describes each study.

Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center

This website is made available by Head Start, an Office of the United States Administration for Children and Families. Although designed for Head Start programs across the country, this innovative website has resources for all types of early childhood education programs in a variety of settings. There are tools, resources, and information about trends in the field.

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Rand Study

A study released by the RAND Corporation explored the effectiveness of the Qualistar Rating™. Since its inception in 1999, Qualistar has been a leader in the early childhood education industry, having been one of the first organizations in the country to implement a quality rating system. The RAND report represents the first comprehensive study of the validity of quality rating systems as a tool for improving early childhood education quality.

RAND/Full Report (2008)
RAND/Research Brief (2008)
Qualistar Colorado/Lessons Learned (2008)

Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages (2014)

The The Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study was conducted by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. The Center, housed with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California-Berkeley, was founded in 1999 to focus on achieving comprehensive public investments. To achieve this goal, the Center conducts cutting-edge research and proposes policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early childhood education workforce to ensure young children’s optimal development. This report underscores the benefits of early childhood education and highlights the important role of the early childhood professional.

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