Because learning is lifelong

Early Childhood is Too Important to be Left to Chance

That's why we're building on decades of work in communities to advance actionable research that informs experience with current data from parents, families, and caregivers and bridges the gap between community solutions and those they mean to impact.

Family Research

Centering Parent + Family Voice: A Statewide Look at Arizona's Child Care Decisions

The COVID-19 pandemic affected all of us. We wanted to know how Arizona families were responding to meet child care and employment needs, and if changes in choices or decision-making were temporary or long-lasting. This report explores the criteria families prioritize when making child care decisions, current child care usage, perfect world arrangements families would prefer, and the impact of COVID-19 on Arizona's working families and their child care choices.


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Home-Based Child Care Research + Consultation

Arizona Study

Kids come first at Candelen - and data consistently demonstrates the prevalent usage of home-based child care and informal Family, Friend, and Neighbor caregivers by families as trusted child care providers. This study aims to engage the full spectrum of home-based providers and the families that choose them as we seek to co-create solutions that improve early care and learning experiences for babies and young children.


Report to be Released Fall 2023

National Consultation

Candelen is contracted with Mathmatica to provide consultation and field support for the Home Based Child Care Supply and Quality Study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Leveraging Candelen's 45+ years of experience working with communities and caregivers, this work shines a national spotlight on Arizona and the important role of home-based child care in supporting children and families.