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Executive summary: Evaluation of early childhood programs and child development in Indiana, second report


The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducted a landscape evaluation of early childhood programs in Indiana (IN) between the spring of 2021 and the summer of 2022. The evaluation focused on understanding program components, quality, and children’s learning and development across a variety of programs in the state. Commissioned by Early Learning Indiana (ELI), with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., this study aims to provide Indiana programs and policymakers with research-based information on the quality of early childhood programs and the learning and development status of young children birth to five in the state. The report summarizes classroom quality experienced by children in a sample of 321 classrooms in 206 programs in in Indiana. In addition, the report describes developmental growth in the sampled programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It is important to note that through the period of the study, programs continued to experience interruptions or quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic (including the omicron and delta variants of COVID-19). (author abstract)

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