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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…
Bai Yu, Ladd Helen F., Muschkin Clara G., Dodge Kenneth A., May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Support for policies to improve early childhood educational development and reduce disparities grew rapidly this century but recently has wavered because of findings that program effects might fade out prematurely. Two programs implemented at scale…
Muschkin Clara G., Ladd Helen F., Dodge Kenneth A., Bai Yu, March, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Based on growing evidence of the long-term benefits of enriched early childhood experiences, we evaluate the potential for addressing gender disparities in elementary school through early care and education programs. Specifically, we explore the…
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…
North Carolina. General Assembly. Program Evaluation Division, 20 May, 2019
Reports & Papers
This study sought to identify characteristics of school districts that are predominantly economically disadvantaged and perform well academically. Using a national dataset of average test scores for school districts from 2009-2015, the Program…
Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Zadrozny Sabrina, Kuhn Laura J., Van Manen Karen, February, 2019
Reports & Papers
The primary purpose of the 2017-2018 NC Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) Evaluation was to examine the effectiveness of the NC Pre-K Program using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. The major issue addressed by this type of study is around the…
Dodge Kenneth A., Bai Yu, Ladd Helen F., Muschkin Clara G., January, 2019
Reports & Papers
Goals 1. Evaluate the effects of Smart Start (SS) and More at Four programs (MF) on academic outcomes among middle school students who were born in North Carolina from 01/01/1988 to 12/31/2000 and studied in North Carolina Public School system…
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…
McCoy Dana Charles, Yoshikawa Hirokazu, Ziol-Guest Kathleen M., Duncan Greg J., Schindler Holly S., Magnuson Katherine A., Yang Rui, Koepp Andrew, Shonkoff Jack P., November, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Despite calls to expand early childhood education (ECE) in the United States, questions remain regarding its medium- and long-term impacts on educational outcomes. We use meta-analysis of 22 high-quality experimental and quasi-experimental studies…
Bratsch-Hines Mary E., Mokrova Irina L., Vernon-Feagans Lynne, The Family Life Project Key Investigators, Q4 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Non-parental child care prior to kindergarten is a normative experience for the majority of children in the United States, with children commonly experiencing multiple arrangements, or more than one concurrent child care arrangement. The experience…
Dodge Kenneth A., Bai Yu, Ladd Helen F., Muschkin Clara G., May/June 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
North Carolina's Smart Start and More at Four (MAF) early childhood programs were evaluated through the end of elementary school (age 11) by estimating the impact of state funding allocations to programs in each of 100 counties across 13 consecutive…
United States. Government Accountability Office, April, 2017
Reports & Papers
Education's 21st Century program--funded about $1 billion annually since 2002--supports a broad array of activities outside the school day to improve student outcomes in high-poverty or low-performing K-12 schools. A statement accompanying the…
Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Mokrova Irina L., Anderson Treshawn, February, 2017
Reports & Papers
The primary purpose of the 2015-2016 NC Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K) Evaluation study was to examine the long-term effects of participation in NC Pre-K at the end of kindergarten. Two groups of children were compared -- those who attended NC Pre-K (…
Fortner C. Kevin, Jenkins Jade Marcus, Q1 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Kindergarten redshirting may affect a child's own outcomes and also has implications for school administration, classroom management, and peer learning. We use statewide micro-level census data to examine selection into redshirting, potential…
Garcia Jorge Luis, Heckman James J. (James Joseph), Leaf Duncan Ermini, Prados Maria Jose, 19 December, 2016
Reports & Papers
This paper estimates the long-term benefits from an influential early childhood program targeting disadvantaged families. The program was evaluated by random assignment and followed participants through their mid-30s. It has substantial beneficial…