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OPRE announces Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Dissertation Grants – United States

OPRE announces Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Dissertation Grants – United States

Deadline: 4 June 2020

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting applications for Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Dissertation Grants.

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The funds aim to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working on child care policy issues in partnership with a Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agency or administrator and with faculty mentors.

These grants focus on building capacity in the research field by addressing questions relevant to child care policy decision-making and program administration, as well as on fostering mentoring relationships between faculty members and doctoral students.

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The Child Care Dissertation Grants aim to support research that has direct implications for child care policy decision making and program administration; to foster collaboration between researchers and CCDF agencies and/or administrators; to facilitate connections between graduate students, senior researchers in the field, and key stakeholders; and to support mentoring relationships between faculty mentors and doctoral students. Specifically, the goals of the grant program are to:

Build capacity in the early care and education field by supporting high-quality dissertation research and student-faculty collaboration and mentorship.
Conduct rigorous research that has the capacity to inform child care programs, policies, and practices
Support active communication, collaboration, and partnerships between researchers and CCDF policymakers.
Foster the exchange of current research, ideas, and information among research, policy, and practice communities.

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Understanding how the implementation of CCDF policies (e.g., family copayments, state payment rates, subsidy provisions) may be related to equal access for families;
The effectiveness of states’ investments in quality of early care and education programs serving subsidized children and families;
Understanding how consumer education supports parents’ child care choices;
Strategies to increase the supply of subsidized care for children in households with working parents; and
Strategies to retain and/or support a qualified child care workforce.
Funding Information

Award ceiling: $ 25000
Award floor: $ 20,000
Total estimated funding: $ 1,50,000
Length of project period: 12-month project period and budget period 24-month project period with two 12- month budget periods.
Eligibility Criteria

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Eligible applicants are public, private, and state controlled institutions of higher education; state, county, city or township, and special district governments; independent school districts; non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations; small businesses; Native American tribal governments and organizations; and public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities.
Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
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