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Alternative Rate Methodology for Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Reimbursement Rates

Alternative Rate Methodology for Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Reimbursement Rates The Colorado Department of Early Childhood, established in July 2022, provides a broad range of programs and services to young children, their families, and early childhood professionals. The Department oversees the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), which helps families that are homeless, searching for work, attending school, […]

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Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Evaluation

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the University of Denver is evaluating the Colorado Department of Early Childhood’s activities to strengthen and expand the early childhood sector in Colorado with the support of over $465 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and ARPA Child Care and Development Fund dollars. Brodsky Research is currently leading the evaluation of four of these activities

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Early Intervention System Equity Analysis

The mission of the Center for Equity and Excellence is to create inclusive  environments and to ensure equity and social justice at all levels of society. The Center is examining issues of equity within the early intervention system for the Multnomah Early Childhood Program. Brodsky Research is currently leading the following activities to contribute to this work:

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Navajo Nation Market Rate Survey

The Navajo Nation Division of Social Services, Department of Child Care and Development, in Window Rock, Arizona, supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early child care, edcation, and afterschool programs at child care centers located throughout the reservation. In addition, registered and certified

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Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties Early Childhood Workforce Investments Analysis

The Gunnison–Hinsdale Early Childhood Council’s Elevate the Workforce program expands supports to the early childhood workforce in Gunnison County and Hinsdale County in Colorado through two initiatives. The first initiative provides paid sick leave to early childhood teachers in Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties in licensed care facilities, including home providers who do not currently receive paid sick leave benefits. The second initiative provides a stipend to early childhood teachers based on their

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Colorado Universal Preschool Program Per-Child Rate Formula Development

Colorado HB22-1295 established the Colorado Universal Preschool Program to provide expanded services for the state’s young children. Beginning fall 2023, the program will include access to preschool services for all children in the year preceding kindergarten; preschool for all 3- and 4-year-old children with disabilities; as well as additional services for preschool-aged children who meet qualifying factors, including income eligibility. Brodsky Research developed a per-child rate funding formula for Colorado’s Department of Human Services

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Volunteers of America Southwest Community Needs Assessment

Volunteers of America Southwest (VOA Southwest) provides innovative, results-oriented programming using a therapeutic care and educational approach. VOA Southwest offers programs for vulnerable individuals and families including addiction recovery services, veterans’ services, K-8 charter schools, mental health services, early head start/preschool, and supportive housing. Brodsky Research conducted a community needs assessment to determine what resources were available and what additional resources were needed to fill service gaps in

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Boulder Early Childhood Development Service District Needs Assessment

The Early Childhood Alliance, including residents from the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado, and the Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado, seek to create an Early Childhood Development Service District. The District would provide early childhood development services  to children from birth to age five years, including early care and education, health, mental health,

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Head Start Community Needs Assessment

Brodsky Research conducted a comprehensive community needs assessment for Adams County Head Start as part of a federally mandated requirement. This report evaluated needs among the Head Start-eligible population in Adams County, Colorado, and to determine what resources are currently available and what resources are needed to fill gaps. Interviews and surveys were conducted with

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Colorado Preschool Development Grant Cost Evaluation and Needs Assessment

Colorado’s Preschool Development Grant (PDG) provides $33.5 million to support Colorado’s vision that all children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. Colorado Shines Brighter, the state’s PDG B-5 initiative, works to maximize the number of high-quality early care and education options available to families, especially families identified as vulnerable and underserved such as those

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How To Buy An Election: Machine Learning to Predict Election Results

The Federal Election Prediction Model predicts U.S. House of Representatives election results using advanced machine learning algorithms. The analysis predicts the number of votes a candidate will receive in a given election cycle, taking into account campaign contributions and “dark money” spent on behalf of a candidate; candidate characteristics such as political party and incumbency status;

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Bearing the Cost of Early Care and Education in Colorado: An Economic Analysis

BRC partnered with the Butler Institute at the University of Denver to understand Colorado’s early childhood workforce, including its current scope and the costs and obstacles to expanding it to meet future needs. The project was led by Dr. Meg Franko, Executive Director of the Butler Institute, and Dr. Andrew Brodsky. The project was sponsored

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Strengthening Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce

High-quality early childhood experiences are one of the most important factors that drive adult success. The child care industry is also an important component of Colorado’s economy. In spite of this, the high cost of quality child care remains out of reach for many parents, and wages for early childhood professionals remain low. BRC is partnering with the Butler

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Denver Preschool Program Access and Capacity Study

BRC led a study to evaluate access and capacity for preschool in Denver. The study, which was sponsored by the Denver Preschool Program (DPP)  examined availability of licensed preschool slots throughout the city, and yielded a need index which represented the ratio of preschool-age population to preschool slots in each census tract in Denver. In

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Palm Beach County Social Return On Investment (SROI) Analyses


BRC is working with the Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Palm Beach County to estimate the social return on investment (SROI) of the CSC’s programs. The analyses are based on the costs and social benefits of the CSC’s investments in early childhood education, professional development and quality improvement, family supports, and other programs. Benefits are calculated by reviewing the most recent literature on outcomes and economic benefits of each of the CSC’s program, adjusting for local costs. The resulting analyses will be used to help identify the most effective ways for the CSC to invest its funding and to communicate the value of the CSC’s programs to stakeholders.

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Pay For Success Technical Support

BRC is working with the Sorensen Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business to provide technical support for Pay For Success programs across the West. BRC’s role includes providing cost-benefit analysis, evaluation consultation, and research design support for communities and organizations considering Pay for Success programs in early childhood.

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Massachusetts Non-Traditional Hours Child Care Study

BRC Partnered with Linda Mills Consulting to conduct a study of the need for non-traditional hours child care in Massachusetts for the Mass. Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The study used a mixed-methods approach to investigate access to and need for child care outside of traditional work hours. The study involved focus groups and interviews with providers and a survey which was distributed to 2,000 parents throughout the state.

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Colorado Early Investment Model

The Colorado Early Investment Model is the first interactive model to map costs and benefits of a state’s entire early childhood system. The model was commissioned by the Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) to help stakeholders better understand the scope of the state’s current EC system, and the costs associated with expanding the system.  It

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ELPASO Evaluation

Engaged Latino Parents Advancing School Outcomes (ELPASO) is a new grassroots imitative funded by the Community Foundation of Boulder County as part of its School Readiness Initiative.  The program aims to empower the Latino community to drive school readiness outcomes for children throughout the county. ELPASO uses an innovative model in which school readiness coordinators, trained

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