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McCormick Meghan P., Weiland Christina, Hsueh JoAnn, Pralica Mirjana, Weissman Amanda Ketner, Moffett Lillie, Snow Catherine, Sachs Jason, July/August 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

This study examines whether associations between enrollment in public and non-public PreK and children’s (N = 508; Mage = 5.60 years in fall of kindergarten) math and language and literacy outcomes were more likely to be sustained through the…

Kang Augustine W., Gans Kim M., von Ash Tayla, Castagneri Danielle, Dionne Laura, Tovar Alison, Risica Patricia, May 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Obesity prevalence among Hispanic children is twice that of non-Hispanic white children; Hispanic children may also engage in less physical activity (PA) compared to non-Hispanic white children. A large number of U.S. preschool-aged children are…

Olson Lynn, LePage Brooke, March, 2021
Reports & Papers
This report explores the early learning measurement landscape, why it is failing students, teachers, parents, and taxpayers, and what can be done to improve early learning assessment after the pandemic subsides. It highlights promising innovations…
Holmes Jennifer F., St. Laurent Christine W., Spencer Rebecca M., 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Unhealthy dietary choices are associated with poor sleep in children through adults. Yet, how diet and sleep are related in early childhood, when diet is reliant on parent choices around food availability, is unknown. The authors aimed to explore…

Guerrero-Rosada Paola, Weiland Christina, McCormick Meghan P., Hsueh JoAnn, Sachs Jason, Snow Catherine, Maier Michelle F., Q1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
General measures of process quality are widely used in the early childhood education (ECE) field. However, the evidence regarding associations between the most widely used process quality measure, the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS;…
Weiland Christina, Moffett Lillie, Adams Ashley, Foster Tiffany, Justice Laura M., Sheridan Susan M., Weissman Amanda Ketner, Witte Amanda L., 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

In this brief, we explore some lessons learned from one approach: Fine-grained, time-based measures that capture how young children spend their time in prekindergarten (pre-K) and kindergarten classrooms. These measures quantify how much time…

Savelkouls Sophie, Hurst Michelle A., Cordes Sara Joelle, October, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Much research has examined the reciprocal relations between a child’s spontaneous focus on number (SFON) in the preschool years and later mathematical achievement. However, this literature relies on several different tasks to assess SFON with…
Jones Stephanie M., Lesaux Nonie K., Gonzalez Kathryn E., Hanno Emily C., Guzman Rosa, Q4 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

This paper uses rich, representative data from the Early Learning Study at Harvard (ELS@H) to examine the landscape of early education and care among three- and four-year-olds in one state. We examine the distribution of children in setting types…

Ansari Arya, Gottfried Michael A., September, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Using a sample of pre-K attendees from 11 states in the United States (n = 2,966), we examined whether early childhood educational experiences contribute positively or negatively to later preschool absences. Although some of the most important…
DeAngelis Corey A., Erickson Heidi Holmes, Ritter Gary W., July, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
We systematically examine the existing evidence and compute meta-analytic averages for the effects of scaled-up, publicly funded pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programmes in the United States on student mathematics and reading achievement. The analysis is…
McCormick Meghan P., Weissman Amanda Ketner, Weiland Christina, Hsueh JoAnn, Sachs Jason, Snow Catherine, April, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Parental engagement in home-based learning activities is linked to children's academic skills. Yet, interventions that try to enhance parental engagement—sometimes targeted to families with low levels of education— have small effects. This study…
Hammer Carol Scheffner, Burchinal Margaret, Soliday-Hong Sandra, LaForett Dore R., Paez Mariela M., Buysse Virginia, Espinosa Linda M., Castro Dina Carmela, Lopez Lisa M., Q2 2020
Reports & Papers
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Over 30% of children in the U.S. are dual language learners (DLLs) who are learning two languages. Understanding the development of both languages for young DLL children in early care and education is critical. However, few have simultaneously…
Lavigne Heather J., Presser Ashley Lewis, Rosenfeld Deborah, January, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Developing computational thinking (CT) skills at a young age is critical for preparing preschool children to engage with the technologies that have become central to nearly every occupation and for improving achievements in STEM, literacy, and other…
Levine Dani, Pace Amy, Luo Rufan, Hirsh-Pasek Kathy, Golinkoff Roberta M., De Villiers Jill G., Iglesias Aquiles, Wilson Mary Sweig, Q1 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Early language competence is a reliable and powerful predictor of children's success in school, and word gaps linked to socioeconomic status disparities have cascading effects on academic outcomes. While early research – such as the work of Hart and…
McCormick Meghan P., Pralica Mirjana, Guerrero-Rosada Paola, Weiland Christina, Hsueh JoAnn, Condliffe Barbara, Sachs Jason, Snow Catherine, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study examines growth in language and math skills during the summer before kindergarten; considers variation by family income, race/ethnicity, and dual language learner status; and tests whether summer center-based care sustains preschool gains…