Early Care and Education: Drawing Lessons from Weighted Samples


Publicly available early care and education datasets are valuable resources to researchers analyzing policy issues. But the power of samples with advanced weighting is in the potential for researchers to draw accurate conclusions about nationally representative populations from local populations. This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of each of the following datasets, with a particular focus on learning how to properly determine which weights to use for a particular analysis and how to apply them.

The workshop will feature three important data collections:

  • Head Start Impact Study
  • Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), 2006 Cohort
  • Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999, Kindergarten-Eighth Grade Full Sample

The workshop will open with a general overview of weights to orient participants to the purpose of these analytical tools. Then, the remainder of that day and the following two days will each focus on one of the featured studies. While exploring the studies' objectives, methods, and key findings, participants will learn about the weights available in each dataset and how to answer different types of research questions (longitudinal vs. cross-sectional, or impact analysis).

Participants will have direct access to the datasets and will have time to work with the data as a class and individually. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of secondary data, fundamental data analysis skills in SPSS, SAS, or Stata, and a substantive interest in early child care and development.

The workshop is free, but enrollment is limited. Researchers interested in using these datasets to answer policy relevant questions in child care and early education are encouraged to apply, especially if relevant to either the Head Start or Child Care and Development Fund Programs.

Admission: To apply for the course, complete the Summer Program portal registration information (by clicking on the "Registration & Fees" tab at the top of this page) and then upload the following documents through the Portal:

  • Current curriculum vita
  • Cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences

Stipend: Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty/researchers will be considered for one of a limited number of stipends to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered for one of these awards, applicants must indicate this request in the cover letter and also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or adviser.

Deadline: Deadline for application is Friday, May 25, 2012.

Fee: There will be no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Tags: early care, education, weighted samples

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