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Approaches to Defining and Measuring ECE Access
Early care and education (ECE) access is traditionally assessed by examining system-level trends including the number of slots that are available and the average price of slots. Recent advancements in data capacity and analytic methods have resulted in new approaches to understanding access that enhance what can be learned at a system-level. Using a family-centered definition of access as a framework, this session explores new strategies for defining and measuring access. The definition of access includes multiple dimensions that can inform measurement strategies: “With reasonable effort and affordability, all families can use early care and education that supports their child’s development and meets their family’s needs.”

Session attendees will present research that reflects these dimensions and address questions about the extent to which new strategies are supporting better policy and practice. What conclusions can be drawn about the state of current research on access? What gaps need to be addressed to advance policy? Which dimensions of access are being addressed adequately and which need further work? What analytic strategies are needed to deepen our understanding? The session will include multiple perspectives to produce rich conversation.

Facilitator and Discussants
• Anna Johnson, Georgetown University
• Lyn Rhodes, Minnesota Department of Human Services
• Zelda Boyd, ICF

Presenters
• Dana Thomson, Child Trends | Defining and Measuring Access: Themes from a Review of the Literature
• Liz Davis, University of Minnesota | A National Portrait of Access Using the NSECE
• Herman Knopf, University of Florida, Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies| Florida’s Index of Child Care Access
• Benjamin Case, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families | Mapping ECE Access in WI for Vulnerable and Underserved Children
• Aaron Sojourner, University of Minnesota | Family-Centered Measures of Multiple Dimensions of Access in Minnesota

Aug 17, 2020 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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