Research & Evaluation

We conduct research and evaluation to use data as a foundation of our work. We utilize leading sources and embed research information, data, and findings to inform our professional development and grants. We are committed to staying apprised of new research in the field and continually update our services to reflect best practices.

 Healthy Smiles Evaluation Findings | 2020

Healthy Child Care Colorado conducted an evaluation related to our oral health programming: training, family engagement, coaches, and child care programs that integrated best practices and policies.

KIDS COUNT in Colorado | 2021

Each year, the Colorado Children’s Campaign publishes the Kids Count Report that highlights important statistics about the well-being of children and families in our state.

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Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Colorado’s Early Care & Learning Sector

This statewide research conducted by Early Milestones Colorado was designed to inform system-level approaches for re-building the sector quickly, getting families back to work, and preparing for future crises.

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Colorado Child Care Health Consultation Needs Assessment | 2017

We partnered with the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine – Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) and Children’s Hospital Colorado to develop, deliver, and analyzed an IRB-approved research project.

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Leading Colorado’s Early Care and Education Workforce | 2016

We published the Leading Colorado’s Early Care and Education Workforce (2016) report in partnership with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

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Parents & the High Cost of Child Care | 2016

Child Care Aware of America, headquartered in Arlington, VA, is a leading voice in child care. Their mission is to advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. Each year a publication is released that focuses specifically on the cost of child care. 

Colorado Child Care Aware Fact Sheet

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Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

This website is designed to promote high-quality research and inform policy through free access to thousands of publications and datasets. On this website you can find data and resources, understand current research, and make connections. 

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Child care affordability in colorado | 2014

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado awarded us a grant to investigate the barriers to affordable child care. We worked closely with the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and The Women’s Foundation of Colorado published the following series of papers to address the issue and make recommendations for solutions.

Brief: Child Care Prices and Affordability, A Struggle for Colorado Families and Providers

Brief: Child Care Affordability: A Look into Child Care Business Costs 

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Research Supported by colorado data

Data on early childhood education quality, drawn from the Qualistar Rating™ and child outcome data drawn from the RAND Corporation’s evaluation of Colorado’s quality rating system have been published in more than 10 highly respected journals. This Annotated Bibliography describes each study.

The RAND report represents the first comprehensive study of the validity of quality rating systems as a tool for improving early childhood education quality.

RAND/Full Report (2008)
RAND/Research Brief (2008)
Colorado/Lessons Learned (2008)

Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages | 2014

The The Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study was conducted by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. The Center, housed with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California-Berkeley, was founded in 1999 to focus on achieving comprehensive public investments. This report underscores the benefits of early childhood education and the important role of early childhood professionals.

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