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Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Ward, Helen
  • Yoon, Sun Young
  • Oldham, Erin
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2013-02-28
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Publisher
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Language
English
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
child care; child welfare; early childhood education; Head Start; school readiness; special education
Description
  • Abstract

    This mixed method, in-depth case study in Colorado examines the degree to which key players in the child welfare, early intervention/preschool special education (EI/Preschool SPED) and early care and education (ECE) systems (e.g. Head Start, preschool, child care centers, family child care homes) collaborate to meet the developmental needs of children ages 0-5 who are involved in the child welfare system. An ecological perspective serves as the conceptual framework to support the goals of the project and to guide the development of this study (Bronfenbrenner, 1979). This research includes a quantitative analysis of data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (NSCAW, a nationally representative sample of children involved in the child welfare system). Additional quantitative research was conducted through two surveys (optional paper or on-line survey) in Colorado between 2005-2006: the Foster Parent Survey, a statewide survey of foster parents drawn from public and private agency lists of licensed families (n=266), and the Child Welfare Caseworker Survey, a statewide survey of child welfare caseworkers and caseworker supervisors drawn from public and private agency lists (n=339). The qualitative component of this research was conducted through field study interviews, with professionals (Child Welfare, Early Intervention, and Early Care and Education) and foster and biological parents of children under 5 in the child welfare system. These interviews were conducted in Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Conejos, and El Paso counties (n=134).
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed consistency checks.; Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values.; Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: Response rate for the foster parent survey was 38 percent; for the child welfare caseworker survey, 32 percent.
  • Abstract

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Foster Parent Survey Public Data
    • DS2: Child Welfare Caseworker Survey Public Data
    • DS3: Foster Parent Survey Restricted Data
    • DS4: Child Welfare Caseworker Survey Restricted Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2005--2006
  • 2005 / 2006
  • Collection date: 2006-06--2006-08
  • 2006-06 / 2006-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Colorado
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All licensed foster parents in 31 of 64 Colorado counties that complied with our request for names on their public lists; 7 out of 25 private agencies also provided their agency lists. All child welfare caseworkers and supervisors in 54 of 64 Colorado counties that complied with our request for names on their public lists; 7 out of 25 private agencies also provided their lists. Agencies were asked to provide names of those serving children 0-5 in the previous 12 months. Smallest Geographic Unit: county
Sampling
This was a convenience sample as lists of names were provided by compliant agencies. There was no attempt to choose a random sample of counties.
Collection Mode
  • mail questionnaire
  • web-based survey
Note
2013-08-21 Updated R statistical package files for Child Welfare Caseworker Survey Public Data, Foster Parent Survey Restricted Data, and Child Welfare Caseworker Survey Restricted Data.2013-08-06 Public use files are now available for download. Certain string variables in the restricted files have also been converted to numeric variables. Funding institution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (90YE0076).
Availability
Delivery
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 30821 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR30821.v1
Publications
  • Ward, Helen D.. Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness. Institute for Child and Family Policy.Portland, ME: Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service. 2009.
    • ID: https://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/CYF/Children-at-risk-school-readiness.pdf (URL)

Update Metadata: 2019-09-04 | Issue Number: 10 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Ward, Helen; Yoon, Sun Young; Oldham, Erin (2013): Children at Risk in the Child Welfare System: Collaborations to Promote School Readiness. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30821