Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Child Care Research and Data Capacity

Collaborating with the University of Maine in Orono, we investigated the impact of Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) on helping low-income working parents maintain employment and achieve self-sufficiency, and improving the quality of care available and utilized by low-income working parents and at-risk families.

Completed Projects

Maine Child Care Research Partnership continued a series of evaluation and program monitoring projects in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) focusing on publicly-funded/subsidized child care services. Implementation of a quality rating system and performance monitoring of parent resource and referral services were two main goals of this project. In the second year we studied the differences in program quality between programs enrolled in the state DHHS Quality Rating System (QRS) and those not enrolled, the impact of federal Child Care and Development Funds on the quality of care available to and utilized by low-income working parents, and how programs assessing the developmental progress of infants and toddlers use that information for program improvement.