The National Center for Children in Poverty identifies and promotes strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families. NCCP's research on the necessity and impact of public investment is part of the national debate about how we will address our nation's economic disparities. As a society, we all fare better if we provide families with the resources they need to make better lives for themselves. Founded in 1989, NCCP is part of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
The Research Connections Web site is maintained and hosted by ICPSR. Established in 1962, ICPSR is the world's largest archive of computer-readable social science data. ICPSR archives collections from a broad range of social science disciplines, such as sociology, political science, demography, history, and economics. In addition to Research Connections, ICPSR hosts special topic archives in the fields of gerontology, substance abuse and mental health, criminal justice, health and medical care, and education.
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) is a unit within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
OPRE is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs to improve the economic and social well-being of children and families.
In collaboration with ACF program offices and others, OPRE is responsible for performance management for ACF, conducts research and policy analyses, and develops and oversees research and evaluation projects to assess program performance and inform policy and practice. The Office provides guidance, analysis, technical assistance, and oversight to ACF programs on: strategic planning; performance measurement; research and evaluation methods; statistical, policy, and program analysis; and synthesis and dissemination of research and demonstration findings.
OPRE includes the Division of Economic Independence (DEI), the Division of Child and Family Development (DCFD) and the Division of Family Strengthening (DFS).
The Office of Child Care (OCC) administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which provides child care subsidies for 1.6 million children in low-income families each month and works to improve the quality of child care in states, territories, and tribes across the country.
The OCC, which replaced the Child Care Bureau, elevates child care issues within ACF and facilitates direct collaboration with the Office of Head Start and other key agencies on a wide range of intersecting program and policy matters.
In addition to working with early childhood programs, the OCC works to expand the number of high quality early learning and school age care choices for working families, and continues to provide funding for states, territories and tribes to provide child care assistance to low-income families and improve the quality of child care.
The Office of Head Start promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services.
Research Connections is supported by grant #90YE0104 from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Members of the Research Connections Advisory Council represent the breadth of the field of child care and early education research, policy, and practice. Together, they offer a wide range of expertise in support of Research Connections.
The Research Connections Steering Committee regularly seeks the Advisory Council's input and review for plans to build the collection of research reports, add to the archive of research data sets, develop syntheses to address research and policy questions, and create collaborative opportunities to bring researchers and policy makers together.
Research Connections is also part of the Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN). The CCTAN was developed by the Office of Child Care to support the work of States, Territories, and Tribes administering the Child Care and Development Fund.