OPRE supports child care and early education-related workgroups through the Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis project and the Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers.
Workgroups Supported by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis (CCEEPRA) Workgroups
CCEEPRA workgroups offer opportunities for deeper examination of high priority issues related to child care and early education research, policy and practice. Workgroups serve as learning communities that promote relationships across Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium members, identify gaps in the field, showcase new methods and findings, and share knowledge and insights to support the field.
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Early Care and Education Access and Choices
This workgroup supports discussions related to increasing access to high-quality child care and early education and supporting families’ experiences with regard to finding and using child care.
Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE)
This workgroup focuses on the research and evaluation of quality rating and improvement systems and other quality improvement initiatives.
Professional Development and Early Care and Education Workforce
This workgroup supports discussions of emerging research, evaluation strategies, and policy initiatives designed to support and strengthen the workforce.
Home-Based Early Care and Education
This workgroup focuses on understanding the characteristics of home-based child care providers, the quality of care children receive in home-based settings, and quality improvement strategies.
Children With Disabilities
This workgroup identifies emerging research questions and data and methodology needs related to supporting children with disabilities and their families.
Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers
The Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers (NitR) consortium brings together leading applied researchers with the policymakers and technical assistance providers responsible for overseeing and supporting early childhood programs serving families during pregnancy and the first 3 years of life. The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF), OPRE convened NitR to answer questions of interest to ACF. NitR brings together researchers interested in policy and practice issues relevant to programs serving families during pregnancy and when children are infants and toddlers. This includes child care, home visiting, Early Head Start, and child welfare.
NitR members collaborate and coordinate to encourage research-informed practice and practice-informed research as they:
Identify existing research that can inform policy and practice in ACF-relevant programs and work with federal staff to translate research for various audiences and purposes in innovative ways.
Identify barriers to the implementation of research-informed practice and think of creative strategies to overcome barriers.
Become more informed about ACF priorities and programs and identify topical and methodological research gaps to make research efforts more informed by practice and supportive of ACF-relevant programs serving pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.
Review the current knowledge base in order to distill and disseminate accrued knowledge, while also conceptualizing innovative research strategies to expand on the current state of the field.
Build capacity in the field of applied developmental science through facilitation of networking and collaboration among the participants of NitR to conduct research that would directly inform ACF-relevant programs serving pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. This includes explicit outreach and mentoring of junior faculty and graduate students. (NitR Mission Statement, 2017)
More information about NitR is included in its mission statement.