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National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02188329
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 11, 2014
Last Update Posted : July 11, 2014
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (ACF, DHHS)
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Child Trends
Impaq Intl.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rupa Datta, National Opinion Research Center

Brief Summary:

The primary purpose of the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) was to provide a comprehensive snapshot of both the availability and utilization of early care and education in the United States. The main objectives of the study included:

  • Providing the first national portrait of the availability of early care and education for the full spectrum of care providers, including householders and providers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Identifying early care and education and school-age care (ECE/SA) needs and preferences among households in the United States with children under age 13 as they pertain to supporting both the employment of parents and the development of children.
  • Capturing data on all forms of non-parental care for all children in a household.
  • Providing the perspectives of both families and providers on the services offered in a system where children are often in multiple arrangements and providers receive funding from multiple sources.
  • Linking the data set collected with policy-relevant data.
  • Increasing the understanding of the care received by low-income children and how that varies across communities.

The NSECE is a set of four integrated, nationally representative surveys conducted in 2012. These were surveys of 1) households with children under 13, 2) home-based providers 3) center-based providers, and 4) the center-based provider workforce. Together they characterize the supply of and demand for early care and education in America and permit better understanding of how well families' needs and preferences coordinate with providers' offerings and constraints.


Condition or disease
Supply and Demand of Early Care and Education in the US

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 31436 participants
Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: National Survey of Early Care and Education
Study Start Date : November 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2012

Group/Cohort
Households with children under 13
Interviews were conducted with the parent or guardian of a child or children under age 13.
Home-based providers
Individuals who provide care in a home-based setting to children under age 13 who are not their own.
Center-based providers
Directors of early care and education programs that provide care to children not yet in kindergarten.
Center-based workforce
Classroom-assigned instructional staff sampled from each center-based provider who completed an interview.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Need for and use of childcare in households with children under 13 [ Time Frame: At time of interview ]
    The household questionnaire collected information on each household's need for and use of early care and education services, including details on usage of non-parental care, expenditures on non-parental care, parental search behavior for early care and education, and the balance of parental employment with child care needs and availability.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Provision and characteristics of child care among center-based providers [ Time Frame: At time of interview ]
    The center-based provider questionnaire collected information on enrollment and characteristics of children served, staffing, prices charged, schedules of service, participation in government programs, and staff compensation and professional development policies. The questionnaire also includes the selection of a representative classroom about which more detailed staffing, compensation, and curriculum information are collected.


Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Provision and characteristics of child care among home-based providers [ Time Frame: At time of interview ]
    The home-based provider questionnaire collected information on enrollment and the characteristics of the children served, rates charged for care, participation in government programs, household composition, qualifications for and attitudes toward early childhood education, use of curricula and activities conducted with children (varied to be appropriate for younger children and school-age children). Portions of the home-based provider questionnaire will contribute to analyses of the ECE workforce and mirror the content of the workforce questionnaire administered to classroom-assigned instructional staff at center-based providers.

  2. Characteristics and experiences of the ECE workforce [ Time Frame: At the time of interview ]
    The workforce questionnaire collected information about the work setting (activities in the classroom, interactions with parents and other staff, availability of professional development and other supports), roles and responsibilities (lead teacher, teacher, assistant teacher, aide), compensation (wages and benefits), and perceived leadership and morale, as well as personal information about qualifications, attitudes toward ECE, and stress, depression, and demographic information.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Households with children under 13 years. Individuals providing at least 5 hours' weekly care to children under 13 years not their own in a home-based setting. Early care and education centers serving children not yet in kindergarten. Individuals working in center-based classrooms.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Households with at least one child under the age of 13.
  • Individuals who care for a child under 13 who is not their own in a home- based setting for at least five hours a week.
  • Center-based ECE programs that provide care to children not yet in kindergarten who were identified from the provider sampling frame built from state or national administrative lists such as state licensing lists.
  • Respondents for the center-based workforce survey are selected from the list of instructional staff associated with the randomly selected classroom from the center-based provider interview.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02188329


Locations
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United States, Illinois
NORC at the University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60603
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Opinion Research Center
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (ACF, DHHS)
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Child Trends
Impaq Intl.
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Robert M Goerge, PhD Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Publications:
National Survey of Early Care and Education Project Team. (2013). National Survey of Early Care and Education: Summary Data Collection and Sampling Methodology. OPRE Report #2013-46, Washington DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Responsible Party: Rupa Datta, Vice President and Senior Fellow, National Opinion Research Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02188329    
Other Study ID Numbers: HHHSP23320095647WC, 23337017T
First Posted: July 11, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 11, 2014
Last Verified: July 2014
Keywords provided by Rupa Datta, National Opinion Research Center:
Early care and education
ECE
workforce
child care
caregivers
home-based providers
center-based providers