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Tribal Early Childhood Service Needs Assessment CoL

Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

The Tribal Early Childhood Service Needs Assessment CoL includes tribal Head Start, Home Visiting, and Child Care program, evaluation, and research partners who have worked closely with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Mathematica Policy and Research (MPR) to develop a set of recommendations for how best to assess the availability of early childhood developmental services relative to the need for those services in urban, rural, and reservation tribal communities across the country. The CoL kicked off its work by gathering face-to-face in December, 2014 in Washington DC. The work continued through a series of webinars to collectively reflect on questions, discussion points, and draft materials. The work of this CoL resulted in a report entitled: Early Care, Early Education, and Home Visiting in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Design Options for Assessing Early Childhood Needs. This r​eport​ is available at the ACF Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation website.​ The report summarizes 3 “design options” for pursuing a national study of tribal early childhood service needs. Design One proposes to use existing data sources to provide a broad national picture of AI/AN children and families and the early childhood services they are utilizing. Design Two proposes to gather new data to study service organizations and delivery systems in AI/AN communities, including the current number of children served and not served, workforce capacity, and cultural resources at the community level. Design Three proposes to gather new data to assess key features needed to support AI/AN communities’ capacity for conducting early childhood needs assessments at the community level.

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