Early Care and Education Choices

This project conducted policy-relevant research on early care and education. It was a three-year, state-child care research partnership between Maryland and Minnesota, Child Trends, and the University of Minnesota.

We conducted three related studies:

  1. Examining longitudinal patterns of parental decision-making about child care;
  2. Determining the extent to which certain aspects of quality (family-sensitive caregiving, developmentally appropriate instructional practices, and supports for socioemotional development) were a factor in parental decision-making; and
  3. Examining the stability and continuity of care over time.


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