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Swindle Taren, Phelps Joshua, Schrick Britney, Johnson Susan L., December 1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The early care and education (ECE) environment has the potential to affect both children and their families. Food insecurity in ECE and its management may be an important influence. Objectives of this mixed methods study were to (1) elicit…

Agard Becky, Zeng Nan, McCloskey Morgan, Johnson Susan L., Bellows Laura, September 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Background: Establishing physical activity (PA) and motor behaviors in early childhood are important for developing healthy activity behaviors. Parents play a central role in shaping young children’s PA and fundamental motor skills (FMS). This…

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…
Georgetown University. McCourt School of Public Policy. FutureEd, March, 2021
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This appendix provides charted results of FutureEd conducted research on the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), pre-K, kindergarten readiness/entry measures, and K-2 assessments used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Chernoff Jodi Jacobson, Keuter Shannon, Uchikoshi Yuuko, Quick Heather, Manship Karen, February, 2021
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This paper begins by discussing some of the issues that arise when conducting research with young DLLs and the challenges that result from the lack of high-quality, validated assessments in multiple languages. The First 5 California DLL Pilot Study…
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…

Infurna Charles J., Montes Guillermo, December, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This research study investigated the effects of preschool dosage on kindergarten readiness in an urban school district (n= 1,464). This study was guided by one research question: do children who attend two years of structured early childhood…
Lee Kyunghee, December, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study examined the association between enrollment duration and health treatment outcomes among migrant Head Start children. Children (n=1,399) were divided into two groups: those who enrolled for 1 year and those who enrolled more than 2 years…
Jackson Dylan B., Testa Alexander, December, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Food insecurity is a serious public health concern, affecting approximately 15 million children in the U.S. alone. Exposure to household food insecurity has been linked to a host of deleterious outcomes among infants and children, including…

Hoyniak Caroline P., Bates John E., McQuillan Maureen E., Staples Angela D., Petersen Isaac T., Rudasill Kathleen Moritz, Molfese Victoria J., October, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Sleep is thought to be important for behavioral and cognitive development. However, much of the prior research on sleep’s role in behavioral/cognitive development has relied upon self?report measures and cross? sectional designs. Methods…
Maier Michelle F., Hsueh JoAnn, McCormick Meghan P., September, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
As the federal and state governments increasingly invest in ECE programs to improve their quality, MDRC is leading several studies that conceive and measure the quality of ECE classrooms in new and innovative ways. In particular, MDRC is focusing on…
Messiah Sarah E., Atem Folefac, Lebron Cynthia N., Ofori Ashley, Mathew M. Sunil, Chang-Martinez Catherina, Natale Ruby, September, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objectives Previous obesity prevention studies in preschool-age children have included non-Hispanic Black (NHB) children, but few have investigated between-subgroup differences even though there may be cultural risk and protective practice…
Keengwe Grace, September, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
While assessment is key in every field of learning, how it is accomplished determines the outcome. The early childhood grades present a challenge as children are young and of different abilities. There isn’t a standard way early childhood programs…
Miccoli Antonela, Toussaint Loren L., Hansen Carina K., Smith Latasha M., Lynch Brian A., September, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Childhood obesity represents a public health crisis in the United States. Thus, focusing on early childhood is crucial to modify the consequences associated with obesity. The Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) is a community-based…