Improving the Quality of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care 2016

(A Review of the Literature) 

Authors: Bridget E. Hatfield and Kelly Hoke
Published: August, 2016

Oregon Early Learning Workforce:Two Years Beyond Baseline Comparison of 2012 and 2014

The major form of care for children when parents are working or otherwise not available is provided by family members, friends, or neighbors. This is especially true for children from low-income households. As policy makers have become aware of the importance of learning in the early years, attention has focused on how to support these caregivers and thus increase positive outcomes for children. This literature extends previous work and provides access to the latest findings on the effectiveness of professional development and support initiatives delivered to these home-based providers.

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Oregon Early Learning Workforce: Two Years Beyond Baseline

Comparison of 2012 and 2014

(Workforce findings)

Authors: This brief was produced jointly by:
Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education - Portland State University
Oregon Child Care Research Partnership - Oregon State University
Published: September, 2016

Oregon Early Learning Workforce:Two Years Beyond Baseline Comparison of 2012 and 2014

This brief, the third annual, describes Oregon’s early learning workforce in 2014. As of 2012, Oregon has had in place a system that allows it to answer policy-relevant questions about the early learning workforce employed in regulated child care and education facilities. This brief captures key characteristics of the 2014 workforce and compares them with those of the 2012 workforce.  Annual reports enable the State to measure workforce turnover and provide decision makers with information critical for designing the training system. With access to three years of data, this study provides a new look at teacher retention.

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Supporting The Professional Development of Oregon’s Early Learning Workforce

Professional Development of Oregon’s Early Learning Workforce: Foundation for Kindergarten Readiness of Oregon’s ChildrenA foundation for kindergarten readiness of Oregon’s children.

(Policy Brief) 

Authors: Roberta B. Weber and Shannon T. Lipscomb
Published: June, 2015

Early learning programs play an important role in supporting school readiness of Oregon’s young children.  The extent to which early learning services successfully support children’s development is to a large extent shaped by the knowledge and skills of early learning program staff.  This brief relies on research to demonstrate the link between Oregon’s investment in the professional development of the early learning workforce to improved child outcomes in terms of school readiness and ultimately third grade reading scores.

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Oregon Early Learning Workforce:
One Year Beyond Baseline Comparison of 2012 and 2013

Oregon Early Learning Workforce: One Year Beyond Baseline Comparison of 2012 and 2013(Workforce findings)

Authors: This brief was produced jointly by:
Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education - Portland State University
Oregon Child Care Research Partnership - Oregon State University
Published: August, 2015

This brief, the second annual, describes Oregon’s early learning workforce in 2013.  As of 2012, Oregon has had in place a system that allows it to answer policy-relevant questions about the early learning workforce employed in regulated child care and education facilities. This brief captures key characteristics of the 2013 workforce and compares them with those of the 2012 workforce.  Annual reports enable the State to measure workforce turnover and provide decision makers with information critical for designing the training system.

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Oregon Early Learning Workforce: A First Look (2012 Baseline Year)

(Workforce findings)
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This brief was produced jointly by:
Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education - Portland State University
Oregon Child Care Research Partnership - Oregon State University

As of 2012, Oregon has in place a system that allows it to answer policy-­‐relevant questions about the early learning workforce employed in regulated facilities. This brief describes the 2012 workforce and enables decision makers to assess both the strengths and weaknesses of this workforce, information that is critical for making informed decisions about investments in professional development. This first brief provides baseline data on the workforce. In 2013 Oregon launched its Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and QRIS includes investments in individuals and facilities. Having baseline data allows Oregon to measure the impact of those investments on critical measures of workforce characteristics.


Betty Gray Community Early Childhood Training and Certification Scholarship Program Evaluation

(An Evaluation Study)
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Authors: Roberta B. Weber and Deana Grobe
Since 2002 The Oregon Community Foundation has enabled the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education at Portland State University to award scholarships for a variety of professional development activities including training, conferences, credit courses.

Using a database that included information on all persons who had been awarded a scholarship between 2002 and 2013 as well as a database containing information on all persons working in regulated child care facilties in 2012, the evaluation examined characteristics of scholarship recipients and modeled which characteristics predicted achievement of professional development outcomes.

Selected outcomes were an increase in a step on Oregon's Career Registry and number of training hours earned in 2012. The scholarship program successfully reached minorities, nonEnglish speakers, and persons who cared for children served by the state's child care subsidy program. The number of scholarships received predicted higher numbers of training hours but not an increase in Registry step.  
Published January, 2014


Betty Gray Community College Scholarship Program Evaluation

(An Evaluation Study)
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Authors: Roberta B. Weber, Deana Grobe and Shannon T. Lipscomb
The Oregon Community Foundation has enabled Oregon’s 17 community colleges to offer scholarships to persons seeking to earn certificates or degrees in Early Childhood Education since 2004.  This evaluation study of the first 8 years of the scholarship program focuses on both a description of how the program was implemented and what was achieved.  The measured outcome was the percentage of scholarship recipients who earned a certificate or degree at each college (educational attainment).  The evaluation identified a number of scholarship administration and management practices associated with educational attainment.
Published October, 2013


Improving the Quality of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care 2013

(Executive Summary)
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Author:  Roberta B. Weber
The Executive Summary captures what is known about family, friend, and neighbor care, the major strategies used to support and enhance the quality of care, and an introduction on how to assess the evidence of effectiveness.
Published April, 2013


Improving the Quality of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care 2013

(A Review of the Literature)
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Author:  Roberta B. Weber
The major form of care for children when parents are working or otherwise not available is provided by family members, friends, or neighbors. This is especially true for children from low-income households. As policy makers have become aware of the importance of learning in the early years, attention has focused on how to support these caregivers and thus increase positive outcomes for children. This literature review begins with a description of what is known about this form of care. The author reports on strategies commonly used and describes evaluation programs designed to improve quality in the care provided by family, friends, and neighbors. An introduction to how to assess the strength of the evidence is also included.
Published April, 2013


Effective Investments In the Child Care and Early Education Profession

(Executive Summary)
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Author(s): Roberta B. Weber, Molly Trauten
The executive summary includes an introduction to the major issues related to each of the four topics addressed in the literature review: professional development; articulation across types of professional development; scholarship, compensation, and rentention initiatives; and integration of the Oregon Community Foundation's scholarship programs into Oregon's child care and early education system. Findings from the research review on each topic are summarized in this version of the paper.
Published: October, 2008


Effective Investments in the Child Care and Early Education Profession

(A Review of the Literature)
Download the 2008 Review of the Literature (pdf)

Author(s): Roberta B. Weber, Molly Trauten
Created to inform policy-making in Oregon's public and private sectors, this literature review takes a braod view by reporting research findings related to professional development; articulation across types of professional development; scholarship, compensation, and retention initiatives; and integration of the oregon Community Foundation's scholarship programs into Oregon's child care and early education system. The core of the paper is the review of the body of literature on professional development. the other sections of the paper are informed by what research has found about professional development that improves teacher behavior, program quality, and child outcomes.
Published: October, 2008