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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #5

Authors

  • Anna Colaner
  • Danny Lambouths, III

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #5 summarizes directors’ responses to questions about their use of child-centered and teacher-directed approaches to learning, their engagement in specific reading and math activities, and their use of particular curricula. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #4

Authors

  • Anna Colaner
  • Danny Lambouths, III

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #4 summarizes directors’ responses to questions about their experiences with financial distress, including budget adequacy, worries about paying for space and staff, turnover of teachers and classrooms, raising center rates, and conditions of space and materials. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #3

Authors

  • Anna Colaner

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #3 summarizes directors’ responses to questions about their participation in various programs, including Head Start, Preschool for All, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Child Care Assistance Program (C-CAP), and Quality Counts as well as questions about their perceptions of these programs. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #2

Authors

  • Anna Colaner

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #2 provides a basic description of the centers and directors, including the center’s organizational structure, the demographic makeup of teachers and children, and the education level and experience of the director. Because of the study’s focus on preschool, questions about children generally focused on three and four year olds and questions about teachers focused on classrooms comprised of those preschool-aged children. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #2

Authors

  • Anna Colaner

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #2 provides a basic description of the centers and directors, including the center’s organizational structure, the demographic makeup of teachers and children, and the education level and experience of the director. Because of the study’s focus on preschool, questions about children generally focused on three and four year olds and questions about teachers focused on classrooms comprised of those preschool-aged children. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Brief #1

Authors

  • Anna Colaner

The 2012 Chicago Area Study surveyed 229 center directors in 33 ZIP Codes on the West and North sides of Chicago. We prepared a set of initial research briefs to disseminate basic study findings. This CAS 2012 Research Brief #1 summarizes the study goals and design and describes how we classified the 33 ZIP Codes into five types. 


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Summary of unanswered questions regarding infant mortality during adult-infant bedsharing

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  • Hillary L. Rowe

On May 20 in Washington DC, IGPA will host a brainstorming meeting regarding unanswered questions in the prevention of infant mortality, particularly risks related to adult-infant bed sharing.


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Population change during trying times

Authors

  • Mathew Hall

The first official census counts revealed population changes in Illinois, including declining populations in Chicago, growing collar counties, and changes to racial demographics.

Highlights 

1. Illinois grew by 411,399 during the 2000s—a relatively small increase of 3.3 percent


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Working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, and depression risk

Authors

  • Margaret L. Usdansky

Mothers of young children face difficult decisions when it comes to employment. Some feminists warn mothers that staying home is a financial and emotional trap. Some neo-traditionalists counter that employment robs women of a unique parenting opportunity. But such one-size-fits-all arguments may miss the mark.

           

Research by sociologists Margaret L. Usdansky (Syracuse University), Rachel A. Gordon, Xue Wang, and Anna Gluzman (University of Illinois at Chicago) provides insight into how the decision to work for pay affects mothers' mental health.

 


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Immigration ambivalence in suburbia

Authors

  • Matthew Hall
  • Patrick Washington

One local-level trend related to the growth of the immigrant population has been the influx of immigrants into the Chicago suburbs, either from the city, or directly from their home countries. Lake County, a region that includes the suburbs Highland Park, Highwood, North Chicago, Round Lake/Round Lake Beach, and Waukegan, has experienced a 332 percent increase in its largely Latino immigrant population since 1980. That’s a near tripling of the population in less than 35 years.


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