Lazarte-Alcalá’s research areas have focused on the fields of Early Care and Education, Economic Development and Poverty in developing countries, as well as Regional Economic Development and the impact evaluation of ongoing public policy initiatives of the State of Oklahoma. She has been the principal investigator on several research projects aimed at identifying barriers and facilitators of program participation and retention, especially for most at-risk populations. She also has extensive experience on program evaluation related to welfare programs and poverty, responsible for numerous federally funded grants including the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, (HHS). Lazarte-Alcalá is a member of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACF) Child Care Policy Research Consortium; she is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, and founder and former Chair of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Institutional Review Board. She has been Peer Reviewer for the National Research Conference on Early Childhood since 2014.
Serves as the second publication in the series and updates data published in 2014. Presents results of a continued effort to highlight counties whose children are at the greatest risk of starting kindergarten unprepared to learn, and counties that are underrepresented in terms of quality early childhood education and child care services. Analyzes changes in risk and reach classifications between 2014 and 2015, including risk rank percentile changes. Implications for policy and resource allocation are discussed.