Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education


Analyzing existing data sets provides researchers an efficient and cost-effective method for answering critical research questions. Grants for Secondary Analyses of Data on Child Care and Early Education will provide funding to address key questions that will inform both policymakers and future research. Existing data, which may have been collected for other purposes, have the potential to answer questions relevant to the goals and outcomes of the programs administered through the Administration for Children and Families, and in particular the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Data of various types and from a number of sources may be mined for these purposes. Some examples of national datasets that are candidates for secondary analyses include, but are not limited to: the National Survey of Early Care and Education, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, National Longitudinal Study of Youth, and the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study. In addition, national-level or state-level administrative and systems data (e.g., ACF-801 Monthly Child Care Data; State Workforce Registries; Data on Quality Ratings and Improvement Systems; State Licensing and Program Monitoring Data) and primary research and evaluation data are all candidates for secondary analyses. The datasets may be used by themselves, in conjunction with other data or combined to best address the key research questions proposed. Research partnerships that include the CCDF administrator, Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) implementation leaders, other State and local owners of relevant administrative and systems data may be particularly fruitful for gaining access to datasets and addressing important research questions. In order to move the field forward regarding these questions, it is essential to assess the evidence already contained in existing data. The specific goals of the Secondary Analyses of Data on Child Care and Early Education Grants are: To address issues of current relevance to decision makers at the local, State, and national levels. Topics of particular interest for these grants are: (1) measurement of quality; (2) subsidy policies and parents’ access to high quality early care and education for their children; (3) qualifications, certification and credentialing of child care teachers and caregivers and its relationship to quality care and interactions between caregivers/teachers and children in support of children’s development, especially for those working with infants and toddlers; (4) interplay between family and child characteristics, employment status, and choices of care; (5) child care characteristics and child and family outcomes; (6) implementation assessment (or process evaluation) of programs / initiatives; (7) effectiveness of state systems in monitoring and maintaining standards of care, and relationship between qualification of monitors/inspectors and the effectiveness of monitoring systems; (8) cost-benefit / cost-effectiveness analyses of child care initiatives; (9) collaboration, coordination, and alignment of services among early care and education programs; (10) characteristics of early care and education programs (center-based and home-based) and their relationship to indicators of program quality; and, (11) characteristics of early care and education (ECE) programs (type of ECE, affordability, flexibility) available to children from low-income households, of diverse race, ethnicity, and primary language, and of different ages. Grantees are required to produce at least one research-to-policy or –practice brief based on the findings from the secondary analyses by the end of the project period to be disseminated broadly to policy and research audiences and present such findings at a professional/national meeting or conference, e.g., Head Start Research Conference, National Association for the Education of Young children (NAEYC), Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Child Care Policy Research Consortium (CCPRC).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 07/29/2015 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Number of Awards Available
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility under this announcement is limited to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and for-profit entities that apply on behalf of researchers who hold doctorate or equivalent degrees in their respective fields, conduct research as a primary professional responsibility, and have been first or second author on publications in peer-reviewed research journals. Eligibility is limited to these entities to promote the specific goals of this grant program, specifically the goals to conduct rigorous research that will inform the early care and education field. ACF encourages applications from Tribally Controlled Land Grant Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, and faith-based institutions of higher education. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: http: // 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
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Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $75,000.00 to $150,000.00


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