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The SSRC Library allows visitors to access materials related to self-sufficiency programs, practice and research. Visitors can view common search terms, conduct a keyword search or create a custom search using any combination of the filters at the left side of this page. To conduct a keyword search, type a term or combination of terms into the search box below, select whether you want to search the exact phrase or the words in any order, and click on the blue button to the right of the search box to view relevant results.

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The SSRC Library collection is constantly growing and new research is added regularly. We welcome our users to submit a library item to help us grow our collection in response to your needs.


  • Individual Author: Adams, Gina; Derrick-Mills, Teresa; Heller, Caroline
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2016

    Child care can be an insurmountable barrier for low-income parents seeking education and training so they can get better jobs to support their families. Helping families with child care can also be challenging for programs trying to help these parents get ahead. Despite funding and policy barriers, there are programs that have taken on this challenge. This brief summarizes a longer study and lays out six steps that local and state programs can take to address the child care needs of parents in education and training. This is part of the Urban Institute’s series of reports from the Bridging the Gap project, which focuses on what we know about the child care needs of parents needing education and training. (Author abstract)

    Child care can be an insurmountable barrier for low-income parents seeking education and training so they can get better jobs to support their families. Helping families with child care can also be challenging for programs trying to help these parents get ahead. Despite funding and policy barriers, there are programs that have taken on this challenge. This brief summarizes a longer study and lays out six steps that local and state programs can take to address the child care needs of parents in education and training. This is part of the Urban Institute’s series of reports from the Bridging the Gap project, which focuses on what we know about the child care needs of parents needing education and training. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Krafft, Caroline; Davis, Elizabeth E.; Tout, Kathryn
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2014

    The purpose of this brief is to examine changes in the child care arrangements of young children and to describe the context in which these changes occur. The data are from a longitudinal survey of low-income families in Maryland. (author abstract)

    The purpose of this brief is to examine changes in the child care arrangements of young children and to describe the context in which these changes occur. The data are from a longitudinal survey of low-income families in Maryland. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Forry, Nicole; Simkin, Shana; Wheeler, Edyth J.; Bock, Allison
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2013

    Through focus groups and a written activity, this study explores and compares 41 low-income Maryland parents’ childcare priorities and definitions of ideal high-quality care. Features of ideal high-quality care identified by parents align with professional standards and with descriptions found in existing literature, though parents’ operationalized definitions of quality varied, and their expectations were lower than most professional standards. There was also strong alignment between identified features of high-quality care and parents’ priorities in their most recent childcare searches, though parents focused less on structured learning opportunities when discussing childcare priorities and more on practical features of care. Most features of care discussed by parents are included in Maryland’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), though some of the specific elements parents cited are not included. Findings from this study could be used to inform marketing and design of consumer education campaigns, QRIS, and survey development. (author abstract)

    Through focus groups and a written activity, this study explores and compares 41 low-income Maryland parents’ childcare priorities and definitions of ideal high-quality care. Features of ideal high-quality care identified by parents align with professional standards and with descriptions found in existing literature, though parents’ operationalized definitions of quality varied, and their expectations were lower than most professional standards. There was also strong alignment between identified features of high-quality care and parents’ priorities in their most recent childcare searches, though parents focused less on structured learning opportunities when discussing childcare priorities and more on practical features of care. Most features of care discussed by parents are included in Maryland’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), though some of the specific elements parents cited are not included. Findings from this study could be used to inform marketing and design of consumer education campaigns, QRIS, and survey development. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Rothenberg, Laura; Goldhagen, Samantha; Sacks, Vanessa H.; Forry, Nicole
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2013

    This Research Brief explores the child care decision-making processes among parents who recently applied for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) in Maryland. Key findings from this Brief address the sources of information parents use in learning about care arrangements, the duration and difficulty of their search process, and their priorities and child care choices. (author abstract)

    This Research Brief explores the child care decision-making processes among parents who recently applied for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) in Maryland. Key findings from this Brief address the sources of information parents use in learning about care arrangements, the duration and difficulty of their search process, and their priorities and child care choices. (author abstract)