Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D.

Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D.
Dr. Dionne Dobbins is the Sr. Director of Research at Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). She leads a team of researchers who work closely with the policy staff to align research reports with these strategic goals, including our well known reports on the price of child care and licensing.

Recent Posts

Child Care Research: Year in Review 2019 Edition

By Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D. on January 29, 2020

Throughout the year, CCAoA monitors the latest, most important research findings about child care. The information deserves a wide audience, so we’re launching Child Care Research: Year in Review to share some of the most significant studies from the past year.

Topics: Best Practices

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Dr. Edward Zigler: Gone Now but His Legacy Lives On

By Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D. on February 12, 2019


This week, we lost a pioneer in early childhood education, Dr. Edward F.  Zigler. Dr. Zigler, who founded Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, was a strong advocate for children and believed that even the poorest child deserved the best start. Head Start, the small summer program he helped plan, now serves over a million children and families with low incomes every year around the country!

Topics: Workforce

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Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education

By Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D. on February 26, 2018

Last week, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released their highly anticipated report Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education. The report explores how to finance quality early care and education (ECE) systems so that it is accessible to all families in all settings.

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Child Care is Unaffordable Across the Nation

By Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D. on December 12, 2017

That’s the bottom line from CCAoA’s just-published report on Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017. Our signature annual report is now in its eleventh year and this year, as in previous years, child care represents one of the most significant expenses in parents’ budgets. In all regions of the country, families average child care fees for an infant in a child care center are more than the average amount that families spend on food and transportation combined. And the average annual cost for an infant in center-based care was higher than a year’s tuition and fees at a four-year public college in 28 states and the District of Columbia!

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Family Stories, News

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Mapping the Child Care Gaps Across the Country

By Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D. on October 26, 2017

Child Care Aware® of America is excited to announce the expansion of our child care deserts work with the release of the first two in a series of customized state-based interactive story maps, called Mapping the GapTM, that explores the gaps between child care supply and demand. CCAoA coined the term “child care desert” last fall when we released our initial report exploring states and communities exploring issues of child care supply and demand. We refer to areas or communities with limited or no access to quality child care as child care deserts.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, News

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Celebrating Grandparents and the Important Role They Play in Children’s Lives

By Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D. on September 13, 2017

This past weekend was Grandparents Day. As I visited my parents with kids in tow, I realized how pivotal my parents have been in helping me raise my kids. My older two kids are tweens now, but when they were in child care my mom picked them up so my husband and I didn’t have to rush home from work before the “witching hour” (that’s 6 p.m. when the child care centers closed and charged you per minute you were late). And my youngest child, age 3, was cared for by my parents (both retired educators now) until he was 2 years old. No wonder my kids think my parent’s home is their home!

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Family Stories, Parenting

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