The Maryland Child Care Choices study was a two-year longitudinal
survey of parents who were applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) in 2011. Four resulting briefs, authored by our early
childhood team, highlight parents' decision-making process in choosing
care; expenses and financial support for child care; and maternal
depression among applicants for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA). Our
researchers found, for example, that parents living below the poverty
line were more likely to cite trust, as compared to quality, as their
top priority in choosing care.
Other research has noted that low-income parents, especially single
mothers, have higher rates of depression than their higher-income peers.
In a recent Child Trends study, we found this to be the case for more
than half of a group of low-income mothers in Maryland,
contrasted with an estimated fewer than seven percent of all adults
nationally. Depressive symptoms were also more likely to be severe for
moms with lower incomes. Vanessa Harbin and Samanatha Goldhagen of Child
Trends spell out how depression can affect parenting, in their new blog
post. Are the children of these mothers a lost cause? And, what are
states doing to help?
During the Vietnam War, only 15 percent of U.S. service members had children. Today, 44 percent do. What are their needs? Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families, a report by David
Murphey, a senior research scientist at Child Trends, drew national
attention last week for its timely reminder that while a return from
deployment can be a happy time for service members' families, parental
deployments can be stressful for young children. When high levels of
stress are unaddressed, the repercussions for children's development can
be long-lasting. Watch a video interview with David and Child Trends' President Carol Emig to learn more.
The Grad Nation campaign, launched in 2010 by America's Promise Alliance, is a collaborative movement whose aim is to raise high school graduation rates in America. Child
Trends is pleased to be a content partner for Grad Nation's new online
resource center. That means we provide reports from our work on early
childhood development, mentoring, family engagement and more, so users
can learn about, connect into and act on behalf of the Grad Nation movement.
Federal Perspectives on Family-Provider Relationships in Early Childhood Programs
from the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of
Education, and various agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services will present an overview of each program's guiding
principles and frameworks related to family-provider relationships, the
manner in which flexibility is encouraged through federal standards and
regulations, and the innovations they are seeing in the field.
week, we join the meeting of the QRIS (quality rating and improvement
systems) National Learning Network. Prior to the national meeting,
several Child Trends
researchers led sessions at the State and Territory Administrators
Meeting, to include more than 300 state agency staff from state
departments of human services and education, which administer the Child
Care and Development Fund. We've also convened a meeting of the Quality
Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE), which is a
group of leading researchers working on state quality improvement