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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…
Bratsch-Hines Mary E., Carr Robert C., Zgourou Eleni, Vernon-Feagans Lynne, Willoughby Michael T., Nov-Dec 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study considered the quality and stability of infant and toddler nonparental child care from 6 to 36 months in relation to language, social, and academic skills measured proximally at 36 months and distally at kindergarten. Quality was measured…
Camerota Marie, Willoughby Michael T., May/June 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Little research has considered whether prenatal experience contributes to executive function (EF) development above and beyond postnatal experience. This study tests direct, mediated, and moderated associations between prenatal risk factors and…
Vandell Deborah Lowe, Lee Kenneth T.H., Whitaker Anamarie A., Pierce Kim M., January, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Effects associated with early child care and out-of-school time (OST) during middle childhood were examined in a large sample of U.S. adolescents (N = 958). Both higher quality early child care AND more epochs of organized activities (afterschool…
Grant Ashley A., Jeon Lieny, Buettner Cynthia K., May, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
To understand factors that might impact teacher turnover, the current study explored predictors of early childhood teachers' professional commitment, which we define as a teacher's psychological bond to their profession and work as a teacher,…
Whitaker Robert C., Herman Allison N., Dearth-Wesley Tracy, Smith Hannah G., Burnim Samuel B., Myers Ellen L., Saunders Allison M., Kainz Kirsten, 26 April, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
IMPORTANCE Adverse childhood experiences are common and are associated with changes in early development and learning, but training early childhood educators in trauma-informed approaches to care has not been evaluated with randomized clinical…
LiBetti Ashley, Mead Sara, March, 2019
Reports & Papers
This compilation of five case studies of selected exemplary Head Start programs identifies and discusses their common characteristics and challenges.
Ansari Arya, Pianta Robert C., October, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (N = 1,307) were used to estimate the additive and multiplicative benefits of high-quality child care between birth to 54 months…
Early Diane Marie, Sideris John, Neitzel Jennifer C., LaForett Dore R., Nehler Chelsea G., Q3 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Third Edition (ECERS-3) is the latest version of one of the most widely used observational tools for assessing the quality of classrooms serving preschool-aged children. This study was the first…

Schwartz Heather L., McCombs Jennifer Sloan, Augustine Catherine H., Leschitz Jennifer T., 2018
Reports & Papers
This second edition updates guidance first published in Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success (Augustine et al., 2013). It is intended for district leaders and their partners across the country who are interested in…
Greenberg Mark T., Domitrovich Celene E., Ocak Karabay Sakire, Arda Tuncdemir Tugce B., Gest Scott D., January, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The aim of study was to examine the effectiveness of PATHS program on children's and teachers' behaviors by evaluating perceptions of children and teachers in regard to their relationships with each other. The sample included 129 children (5-6 aged…
Becker Brandon D., Gallagher Kathleen Cranley, Whitaker Robert C., December, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The quality of teachers' relationships with children is a key predictor of children's later social emotional competence and academic achievement. Interventions to increase mindfulness among teachers have focused primarily on the impacts on teachers…
Yan Ni, Ansari Arya, Q4 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Informed by the transactional and bioecological theories, this study examined the bidirectional relations between intrusive caregiving and children's externalizing behaviors across the family and school systems during the early elementary school…
Buettner Cynthia K., Jeon Lieny, Hur Eunhye, Garcia Rachel E., October, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Early care and education has pronounced implications for young children's social-emotional learning. Although program structural and classroom process quality indicators have been widely explored, teachers' personal social-emotional capacity has…
Broekhuizen Martine L., Mokrova Irina L., Burchinal Margaret, Garrett-Peters Patricia, The Family Life Project Key Investigators, Q3 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Focusing on the continuity in the quality of classroom environments as children transition from preschool into elementary school, this study examined the associations between classroom quality in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and children's…