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Meek Shantel, Iruka Iheoma U., Allen Rosemarie, Yazzie Dawn A., Fernandez Veronica A., Catherine Evandra, McIntosh Kent, Gordon Lisa, Gilliam Walter S., Hemmeter Mary Louise, Powell Tunette, December, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police in the Spring of 2020, and the continuous stream of police violence experienced by Black Americans for generations, coupled with the disproportionately negative impact of COVID-19…
Vitiello Virginia E., Prokasky Amanda, McCormick Meghan P., Iruka Iheoma U., Purtell Kelly M., Ludvik Dana, Fall 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
The nationwide Early Learning Network is studying children's transitions from publicly-funded pre-K into kindergarten in diverse communities, ranging from rural to urban locations; including coastal and central states; and representing children and…
Iruka Iheoma U., DeKraai Mark, Walther Janell, Sheridan Susan M., Abdel-Monem Tarik, Q3 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
According to Bronfenbrenner's bioecological theory (Bronfenbrenner & Evans, 2000), children's early development and learning are influenced by multiple systems, including the microsystem (e.g., family poverty level), mesosystem (e.g., home-…
Iruka Iheoma U., Lucas Melissa, Gillanders Cristina, Adejumo Tobiloba O., July, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Guided by the sociocultural theory of human development, this study aims to mediate the monolithic categorization of young Latino boys' school readiness transition patterns using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) dataset.…
Sheridan Susan M., Koziol Natalie A., Witte Amanda L., Iruka Iheoma U., Knoche Lisa, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The transition to kindergarten is foundational for children's future school performance and families' relationships with the educational system. Despite its well-documented benefits, few studies have explored family engagement across the pre-…

Iruka Iheoma U., Curenton Stephanie M., Sims Jacqueline, Blitch Kimberly, Gardner Shari L., Q2 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study used pre-academic and socioemotional data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth (ECLS-B) Cohort to examine the profiles of Black girls' school readiness skills from preschool through kindergarten. In addition to examining…
Roberts Amy M., Gallagher Kathleen Cranley, Daro Alexandra M., Iruka Iheoma U., Sarver Susan L., March/April 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Building on research demonstrating the importance of teachers' well-being, this study examined personal and contextual factors related to early childhood educators' (n =1640) depressive symptoms across licensed child care homes, centers, and schools…
Roberts Amy M., Gallagher Kathleen Cranley, Daro Alexandra M., Iruka Iheoma U., Sarver Susan L., 2019
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This study examined possible risk factors associated with teachers' depression in a variety of early childhood settings. Teachers with lower pay, no health insurance, multiple jobs, greater job stress, and more adult-centered beliefs reported more…
James Cemere, Iruka Iheoma U., December, 2018
Other
The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) launched the "Delivering on the Promise of Effective Early Childhood Education for Black Children: Eliminating Exclusionary Discipline and Concentrating on Inclusion" national campaign in 2017.…
Dev Dipti A., Williams Natalie A., Iruka Iheoma U., Garcia Aileen, Guo Yage, Patwardhan Irina, Cummings Katrina P., Rida Zainab, Hulse Emily, Sedani Ami, September, 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: To determine if family childcare homes (FCCH) in Nebraska meet best practices for nutrition and screen time, and if focusing on nutrition and screen time policies and practices improves the FCCH environment. Design: A pre-post evaluation…
Iruka Iheoma U., Harden Brenda Jones, Bingham Gary E., Esteraich Jan, Green Sheridan, May/June 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Parenting is a multidimensional construct that includes practices, attitudes, and emotional capacity. The aims of the study were to examine variation within parenting through a person-centered approach and the extent to which child and family…
Roberts Amy M., Iruka Iheoma U., Sarver Susan L., 06 September, 2017
Reports & Papers
The goal of the study was to characterize important features of the state's early childhood workforce (birth through Grade 3) at the individual and setting levels. More specifically, the project was guided by the following four aims: 1. Determine…
Roberts Amy M., Iruka Iheoma U., Sarver Susan L., 06 September, 2017
Executive Summary
The Nebraska Early Childhood Workforce Survey was undertaken by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska to better understand the current status, working conditions, and attitudes of caregivers and teachers working with…
Gardner-Neblett Nicole, Holochwost Steven J., Gallagher Kathleen Cranley, Iruka Iheoma U., Odom Samuel L., Bruno Elizabeth Pungello, August, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background Although shared book reading is seen as an effective way to support children's early literacy and language development, less is known about the factors associated with toddlers' engagement with books. Objective The goal of the current…
Mathias Debi, Iruka Iheoma U., Mitchell Anne (Anne W.), Tarrant Kate, Dichter Harriet, 23 March, 2017
Multimedia
This webinar introduces a suite of resources related to quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS): (1) Tool for a Cross-Sector QRIS; (2) Finance and QRIS; (3) Toward Coherence: State Approaches to Integrating Pre-K in QRIS; and (4)…