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Jacoby Jennifer Wallace, August 2021
Executive Summary

This report’s findings shed light on the everyday contributions Head Start assistant teachers make to classroom quality, measured through teacher-child interactions. This report aims to help policymakers, education administrators, and…

University of Virginia. EdPolicyWorks, May 2021
Executive Summary

In 2019, LDOE designated seven community networks that had made considerable progress on meeting these goals as the first cohort of “Ready Start Networks” and gave them a set of additional resources and supports to further strengthen their ECE…

Connors Maia C., Vergara Jessica L., Farrar Isabel C., March 2021
Executive Summary

This report presents the findings of the initial phase of exploration regarding the creation of a Chicago early childhood research consortium. Between October 2020 and January 2021, we conducted stakeholder interviews with 26 participants from 16…

King Holly M., 2021
Executive Summary

Research to this point has focused on measuring agreed-upon indicators of quality and then looking at the impacts on children’s development and outcomes. Instead, this paper proposes that research needs to examine programs where desired child…

Gomez Celia J., Whitaker Anamarie A., Cannon Jill S., Faxon-Mills Susannah, Bhandarkar Mallika, 2021
Executive Summary
Over the course of the evaluation, we addressed ten research questions organized under two broad headings: (1) the assessment process and tier ratings and (2) coaching (Table S.1). To address these research questions, the RAND study team engaged in…
Hoffman Emily Brown, Whittingham Colleen E., Winter 2020
Executive Summary
Peer Reviewed
This research to practice summary describes how an 8-week case study used field notes, interviews, and video-based fieldwork to examine local instructional practices and to investigate the policies and protocols which facilitate these practices. We…
Schachter Rachel E., Piasta Shayne B., Justice Laura M., Winter 2020
Executive Summary
Peer Reviewed
This article summarizes a study investigating the curricula and features of those curricula used by 497 early childhood educators across one Midwestern state. Curricula were identified and coded for quality features derived from the research, theory…
Madill Rebecca, Gebhart Tracy, Halle Tamara, November, 2020
Executive Summary
This report uses an integrated set of nationally representative surveys of center-based ECE providers and center-based ECE workforce members—the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE)—to identify the relationship between the…
Bromer Juliet, Ragonese-Barnes Marina, Porter Toni, November, 2020
Executive Summary

This report presents findings from in-depth case studies of two FCC networks (FFCN) that serve regulated FCC educators – Little People FCCN and Downtown FCCN . The study sought to understand approaches to service delivery implementation, the…

Reid Jeanne L., Melvin Samantha A., Kagan Sharon Lynn, Brooks-Gunn Jeanne, 10 July, 2020
Executive Summary
This study compares the characteristics of New York City’s EarlyLearn programs for infants and toddlers that are located in centers and family child care (FCC) settings with a focus on their experience of EarlyLearn quality-enhancement efforts in…
Banghart Patti, Halle Tamara, Bamdad Tiffany, Cook Maya, Redd Zakia, Cox Alexandra, Carlson Julianna, Zaslow Martha, May, 2020
Executive Summary
The literature review examines research between 2008 and 2018 on supporting access to high-quality infant and toddler care and the effectiveness of approaches to improving access to and quality of infant and toddler early care and education (ECE).…
Stipek Deborah J., May, 2020
Executive Summary
This report reviews all of the state QRIS validation studies that examined associations between individual rating elements and child outcomes as well as other research that exists on four elements of the California QRIS, referred to as Quality…
Johnson Anna D., Partika Anne, Schochet Owen N., Castle Sherri, October, 2019
Executive Summary
This study dives into an underexplored set of teacher characteristics that likely shape the ways teachers interact with children. Rather than focusing on more distal teacher characteristics like education and certification, this study hones in on a…
Maier Michelle F., Kou Anne, October, 2019
Executive Summary
This report examines three types of professional development supports often provided by early childhood programs: (1) teacher training, (2) teacher coaching, and (3) common planning or "prep" time. Moreover, it examines whether these supports…
Oliva-Olson Carola, October, 2019
Executive Summary
This study compares classroom quality and improvements in children’s language skills for programs implementing two Head Start classroom language models: (1) dual language model and (2) English with home language support (EHLS). The dual language…