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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…
Hooper Stephen, Costa Lara?Jeane C., Green Melissa B., Catlett Stephanie R., Barker Alexandra, Fernandez Edmund, Faldowski Richard A., April, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The purpose of this study was to investigate the concurrent relationships between selected teacher-rated executive function (EF) and a comprehensive array of emergent literacy skills in preschool children after adjusting for targeted covariates…
Ackerman Debra J., 2018
Reports & Papers
Kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) have increasingly been incorporated into state education policies over the past 5 years, with much of this interest stemming from Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) awards, Enhanced Assessment…
Kuhn Laura J., Willoughby Michael T., Blair Clancy, McKinnon Rachel D., August, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Performance-based assessments of EF for use with young children who have or are at risk for disabilities are lacking. The current study investigates the use of a computerized battery for children with subclinical behaviors (N = 846) across a variety…
Hardin Belinda J., Bergen Doris, Sills-Busio Dionne, Boone William, May, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The Third Edition of the ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment (GGA) was evaluated for its effectiveness as an international assessment tool for use by early childhood educators to develop, assess, and improve program quality worldwide. This expanded…
North Carolina. Department of Health and Human Services, 01 March, 2017
Reports & Papers
This is a pilot study to test a new methodology for calculating child care market rates in North Carolina. Included is a study of the association between star level and the variables of price, operating costs, and staff compensation. 2015 data was…
Burgette Jacqueline M., Preisser John S., Rozier R. Gary, Winter 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objectives: Nonrandomized group assignment in intervention studies can lead to imbalances in preintervention covariates and biased effect estimates. We use propensity score estimation to account for such imbalances in an Early Head Start (EHS)…
Tout Kathryn, Starr Rebecca, Wenner Jennifer, Hilty Rowan, December, 2016
Reports & Papers
Investments in the development or revision of state and local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education have increased in recent years, due in part to the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants…
Ferrara Angela M., Lambert Richard G., June, 2016
Reports & Papers
During initial statewide implementation of the NC K-3 FAP: KEA, we conducted case studies at six elementary schools selected for their demographic representativeness of the larger North Carolina kindergarten population. The case studies included…
Alkon Abbey, Rose Roberta, Wolff Mimi, Kotch Jonathan, Aronson Susan S., January, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The project aims were to (1) develop an observational Health and Safety Checklist to assess health and safety practices and conditions in early care and education (ECE) programs using Stepping Stones To Caring For Our Children, 3rd Edition national…
Ward Dianne Stanton, Mazzucca Stephanie, McWilliams Christina, Hales Derek, 26 September, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Background: Early care and education (ECE) centers are important settings influencing young children's diet and physical activity (PA) behaviors. To better understand their impact on diet and PA behaviors as well as to evaluate public health…

Hatfield Bridget E., Lower Joanna K., Cassidy Deborah J., Faldowski Richard A., Q1 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The purpose of the current study was to examine program- and community-level characteristics related to total points earned by early care and education programs in North Carolina's Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS). Multiple…
Hestenes Linda L., Kintner-Duffy Victoria L., Wang Yudan Chen, La Paro Karen M., Mims Sharon, Crosby Danielle A., Scott-Little Catherine, Cassidy Deborah J., Q1 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) include the assessment of classroom quality as one component of how early childhood programs are monitored and licensed in many states across the United States. However, varying measures and foci of…
Auger Anamarie, Farkas George, Burchinal Margaret, Duncan Greg J., Vandell Deborah Lowe, December, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Much of child care research has focused on the effects of the quality of care in early childhood settings on children's school readiness skills. Although researchers increased the statistical rigor of their approaches over the past 15 years,…
Soukakou Eleni P., Winton Pamela J., West Tracey, Sideris John, Rucker Lia, September, 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The purpose of this study was to test the reliability and validity of the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP), an observation measure designed to assess the quality of classroom practices in inclusive preschool programs. The measure was field tested…