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Burchinal Margaret, Garber Kylie, Foster Tiffany, Bratsch-Hines Mary E., Franco Ximena, Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Q2 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Although high-quality early care and education (ECE) is widely accepted as one of the most effective means for promoting early learning and development, many ECE programs have limited impact perhaps because of issues with how ECE quality is…

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…
Bratsch-Hines Mary E., Carr Robert C., Zgourou Eleni, Vernon-Feagans Lynne, Willoughby Michael T., Nov-Dec 2020
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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…
Phillips Beth M., Koon Sharon, Folch David C., October, 2020
Reports & Papers
Evidence suggests that participation in high quality early childhood education supports the school readiness of young children. Therefore, it is important to understand whether children from different geographic regions, such as urban and rural…
Yaya-Bryson Dilara, Scott-Little Catherine, Akman Berrin, Cassidy Deborah J., August, 2020
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This study examined the quality of early childhood education programs in two different quality rating and improvement systems, one in Turkey and the other in the state of North Carolina in the USA. The early childhood environment rating scale-…
Camerota Marie, Willoughby Michael T., May/June 2020
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Little research has considered whether prenatal experience contributes to executive function (EF) development above and beyond postnatal experience. This study tests direct, mediated, and moderated associations between prenatal risk factors and…
Vandell Deborah Lowe, Lee Kenneth T.H., Whitaker Anamarie A., Pierce Kim M., January, 2020
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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…
Porterfield Mary Lee, 2020
Reports & Papers

The infant-toddler period is recognized as critical to children’s concurrent and subsequent outcomes and success in school and life. The quality of early care and education (child care) for children at this sensitive period of development…

Grant Ashley A., Jeon Lieny, Buettner Cynthia K., May, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
To understand factors that might impact teacher turnover, the current study explored predictors of early childhood teachers' professional commitment, which we define as a teacher's psychological bond to their profession and work as a teacher,…
Ansari Arya, Pianta Robert C., October, 2018
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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…
Jenkins Jade Marcus, Duncan Greg J., Auger Anamarie, Bitler Marianne, Domina Thurston, Burchinal Margaret, August, 2018
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We use experimental data to estimate impacts on school readiness of different kinds of preschool curricula -- a largely neglected preschool input and measure of preschool quality. We find that the widely-used "whole-child" curricula found in most…
Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Vaughn Amber E., Tovar Alison, Ostbye Truls, Mazzucca Stephanie, Ward Dianne Stanton, 01 July, 2018
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Peer Reviewed
Background: Developing healthy eating behaviors and food preferences in early childhood may help establish future healthy diets. Large numbers of children spend time in child care, but little research has assessed the nutritional quality of meals…
Sandilos Lia E., Goble Priscilla, Rimm-Kaufman Sara E., Pianta Robert C., Q1 2018
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The present study examines the extent to which participation in a 14-week professional development course designed to improve teacher-child interactions in the classroom moderated the relation between teacher-reported job stress and gains in…
Cassidy Deborah J., King Elizabeth K., Wang Yudan Chen, Lower Joanna K., Kintner-Duffy Victoria L., November, 2017
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The current study examines the professional well-being of teachers, the classroom emotional support, and the emotional experiences of toddlers in their care. Professional well-being of teachers is conceptualized to include teacher feelings about…
Yan Ni, Ansari Arya, Q4 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Informed by the transactional and bioecological theories, this study examined the bidirectional relations between intrusive caregiving and children's externalizing behaviors across the family and school systems during the early elementary school…