Alison Hooper

Alison Hooper
University of Alabama | UA · Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies

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August 2017 - present
University of Alabama
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
February 2014 - August 2017
University of Delaware
Position
  • Researcher
September 2011 - January 2014
University of Delaware
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (22)
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This study examined profiles of family functioning, stress, psychological well-being, and social support in families participating in early head start; family characteristics that relate to profile membership; and the relationship of profiles to child social-emotional functioning. Because families' levels of functioning and well-being vary widely w...
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Background and purpose: There are rising concerns about the health of classroom teachers in the United States, including stress, hypertension, and frequent urinary tract infections. Teacher working conditions are likely a contributor to their health concerns. Many teachers report that they cannot easily take a restroom break at work, and therefore...
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Previous research suggests that aggregate neighborhood-level measures of socioeconomic disadvantage are related to social and medical outcomes. To date, these measures have primarily been used in health-related research, with far fewer applications to developmental psychology and education. This study used a measure of neighborhood socioeconomic di...
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As availability of parent–child interaction curricula increases, Early Head Start (EHS) provides a relevant context to test research-based parenting models as part of everyday practice. We trained EHS staff to incorporate the Promoting First Relationships (PFR) intervention into ongoing weekly home visits with mothers and their young children (n =...
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The quality of early care and education affects a wide range of children's experiences and developmental outcomes. Family Child Care (FCC) is no exception, and attention to increasing the quality of Family Child Care is needed. The purpose of the current study was to examine an experimental case of intensive Professional Development (PD) in FCC pro...
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This study extends a previously identified and validated typology of home-based child care providers which used providers’ reports of their beliefs and practices related to caregiving to categorize providers rather than regulatory status. We use a mixed methods case study approach to present findings from 12 licensed family child care providers wit...
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Research Findings: This study provides a framework for categorizing one subset of the large and heterogeneous group of home-based child care providers, unlisted paid providers. We analyzed data on unlisted paid home-based child care providers (n = 448) from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education conducted in the United States. We used...
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This study examines the prevalence of home-based child care providers who report serving at least one child whom they identify as having a disability. Although many families choose home-based child care, researchers know very little about how many home-based providers care for young children with disabilities. Through secondary analysis of the Nati...
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en This study explored the prevalence of expulsion in home‐based child care (HBCC) settings using a nationally representative sample of HBCC providers from the National Survey of Early Care and Education. In addition to prevalence, enrollment and provider characteristics that predicted expulsion were examined. Although there is increasing awareness...
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Home-based child care is a widely used form of child care. However, little is known about the heterogeneous group of caregivers that make up the home-based provider workforce and how they view themselves and their work. This study used role theory as a framework for understanding how providers view and navigate their roles. Qualitative interviews w...
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This research uses focus group methodology to examine how a specific subset of family childcare providers—those participating in a voluntary quality rating and improvement system and serving a high percentage of children receiving childcare subsidy—define quality. The study builds on the limited existing research about family childcare quality, esp...
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Although home-based child care is a widely-used form of non-parental child care, relatively little is known about the home-based provider workforce and their beliefs and practices related to children and families. This study validates a previously identified typology of listed home-based child care providers (Hooper and Hallam, Early Child Res Q 47...
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This study seeks to broaden the knowledge base of the diverse home-based child care provider workforce in the United States. Home-based child care is a crucial part of the child care landscape with approximately seven million children from birth to five receiving care in home-based settings. Through secondary analysis of the National Survey of Earl...
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As states develop and revise Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), more research attention is needed on the implementation of quality improvement strategies that effectively support family child care programs. The aims of the current study were to compare family child care providers who participated in a model of supplemental quality impro...
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Background Family Child Care (FCC) is an important sector of the early care and education system, and is included in most state-wide Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The sparse data on the literacy opportunities available in FCC are concerning from a QRIS perspective. Currently, there are no data on the relationship between global, an...
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Background Home-based child care is a widely-used form of child care. However, given its prevalence, there is little research examining the providers’ instructional practices and how these may vary by provider characteristics. Objective The goal of this study is to describe variation in instructional practices among home-based child care providers...
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Research Findings. The current study is a mixed-methods investigation of family child care provider participation in voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) in 2 states. Study 1 is an analysis of matched QRIS and child care licensing administrative data extracted from both states in May, 2014. Poverty and population density variable...
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Toddlers’ engagement with their social and physical environment is an important aspect of their experience in early care and education programs. The purpose of this research study was to examine how global quality relates to children’s engagement in toddler child care classrooms. Additionally, this study explored how toddlers’ group engagement leve...
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There is considerable variation in state policies related to the certification required for teachers in kindergarten and first grade, and relatively little is known about these policies’ effects on student learning. This study considers whether children who have kindergarten and first-grade teachers with certification in early childhood education (...

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