The PKFCC project examines strategies for implementation of public pre-kindergarten (PreK) in family child care (FCC) settings across states and localities in the U.S.
The study will use a rapid response approach designed to both disseminate study findings about PreK-FCC implementation strategies and facilitate cross-state learning and sharing about PreK implementation successes and challenges.
Focus groups and interviews with PreK site administrators and staff, document review of current PreK initiatives, and a survey of FCC educators who offer PreK will yield a quarterly series of rapid response policy briefs and a web-based depository of implementation tools for PreK administrators seeking to implement a mixed-delivery approach to PreK expansion that includes FCC settings.
Long-term goals for the study include increasing the numbers of states and localities that include FCC as part of their mixed delivery child care systems and current/future PreK implementation plans. Expansion of PreK to meaningfully include FCC is a promising strategy for supporting the FCC workforce and for increasing access to and stability of high-quality early care and education for families and children.
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