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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…
Tandon Pooja S., Hassairi Nail, Soderberg Janet, Joseph Gail E., April, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Gross motor and physical activity opportunities in early childhood are important for promoting health and development. We conducted two studies with the following aims: (1) to describe the quality of gross motor/physical activity early learning…
Schwartz Heather L., Hamilton Laura S., Faxon-Mills Susannah, Gomez Celia J., Huguet Alice, Jaycox Lisa H., Leschitz Jennifer T., Tuma Andrea Prado, Tosh Katie, Whitaker Anamarie A., Wrabel Stephani L., 2020
Reports & Papers
Schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs across the United States are increasingly prioritizing and implementing practices to support children's social and emotional development. This report provides early implementation lessons from six…
Nores Milagros, Barnett W. Steven, Jung Kwanghee, Joseph Gail E., Bachman Lea, Soderberg Janet, September, 2018
Reports & Papers
This report presents findings for the third year (2017-18) of the program and is centered on classroom quality and children's learning. The report includes information on the children served, children's learning and development during the school…
Early Diane Marie, Sideris John, Neitzel Jennifer C., LaForett Dore R., Nehler Chelsea G., Q3 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Third Edition (ECERS-3) is the latest version of one of the most widely used observational tools for assessing the quality of classrooms serving preschool-aged children. This study was the first…

Kim Do-Hong, Lambert Richard G., Burts Diane C., 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Although dual language learners (DLLs) are linguistically, culturally, and socially diverse, researchers usually study them in aggregate and compare them to non-DLLs. The authors' purpose was to identify subgroups of preschool DLLs using latent…
Ackerman Debra J., 2018
Reports & Papers
In this report I share the results of a document-based, comparative case study aimed at increasing our understanding about the potential utility of state kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) to provide evidence of English learner (EL)…
Horm Diane M., File Nancy, Bryant Donna M., Burchinal Margaret, Raikes Helen, Forestieri Nina, Encinger Amy Johnson, Cobo-Lewis Alan B., Q1 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Ensuring that young children, especially infants and toddlers, experience consistency in child care providers over time is a practice endorsed by multiple professional organizations. This practice, commonly referred to as continuity of care (CoC),…
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…
Nores Milagros, Barnett W. Steven, Joseph Gail E., Stull Sara, Jung Kwanghee, Soderberg Janet, October, 2017
Reports & Papers
This report presents second year (2016-17) findings from the impact evaluation, focusing on classroom quality and children's learning. We report for SPP basic statistics that describe: the children served, children's learning and development…
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…
Nese Joseph F.T., Kamata Akihito, Tindal Gerald, April, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Emergent reading skills are crucial to the development of fluency and comprehension, and as such, assessing kindergarten entry skills is critical to inform educational decisions. However, skills that are assessed too early are likely to yield many…
Miller Portia, Votruba-Drzal Elizabeth, McQuiggan Meghan, Shaw Alyssa, February, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
There are currently 2 principal models of publicly funded prekindergarten programs (pre-K): targeted pre-K, which is means-tested, and universal pre-K. These programs often differ in terms of the economic characteristics of the preschoolers enrolled…
Vandell Deborah Lowe, Burchinal Margaret, Pierce Kim M., October, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Relations between early child care and adolescent functioning at the end of high school (EOHS; [mean] age = 18.3 years) were examined in a prospective longitudinal study of 1,214 children. Controlling for extensive measures of family background,…
Nores Milagros, Barnett W. Steven, Joseph Gail E., Stull Sara, Figueras-Daniel Alexandra, Soderberg Janet, September, 2016
Reports & Papers
This report presents the first year (2015-16) findings from the impact evaluation. Its focus is on children's learning, the classroom quality they experienced, and how learning varied with differences in experiences. In addition to describing these…