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Weiland Christina, Greenberg Erica, Bassok Daphna, Markowitz Anna J., Guerrero-Rosada Paola, Luetmer Grace, Abenavoli Rachel, Gomez Celia J., Johnson Anna D., Harden Brenda Jones, Maier Michelle F., McCormick Meghan P., Morris Pamela A., Nores Milagros, Phillips Deborah A., Snow Catherine, June 2021
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As the United States starts to recover from the pandemic, ECE leaders continue to need a clear understanding of the pandemic’s impact both on young children’s learning and on the ECE programs and teachers that play a critical role in the lives of…

Weiland Christina, Greenberg Erica, Bassok Daphna, Markowitz Anna J., Guerrero-Rosada Paola, Luetmer Grace, Abenavoli Rachel, Gomez Celia J., Johnson Anna D., Harden Brenda Jones, Maier Michelle F., McCormick Meghan P., Morris Pamela A., Nores Milagros, Phillips Deborah A., Snow Catherine, June 2021
Executive Summary

This brief synthesizes the evidence on the pandemic’s impact on young children’s learning and on the ECE programs and teachers that play a critical role in the lives of young children, families, and the U.S. economy. Leaders need a clear…

Guerrero-Rosada Paola, Weiland Christina, McCormick Meghan P., Hsueh JoAnn, Sachs Jason, Snow Catherine, Maier Michelle F., Q1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
General measures of process quality are widely used in the early childhood education (ECE) field. However, the evidence regarding associations between the most widely used process quality measure, the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS;…
Maier Michelle F., November, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This brief focuses on three ways to support the workforce — increasing access to education and career growth, reinforcing workers’ overall economic well-being, and improving working conditions. It integrates evidence-based practices and operational…
Maier Michelle F., Hsueh JoAnn, McCormick Meghan P., September, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
As the federal and state governments increasingly invest in ECE programs to improve their quality, MDRC is leading several studies that conceive and measure the quality of ECE classrooms in new and innovative ways. In particular, MDRC is focusing on…
McCormick Meghan P., Weiland Christina, Hsueh JoAnn, Maier Michelle F., Hagos Rama, Snow Catherine, Leacock Nicole, Schick Laura, Q3 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
As states and districts expand access to publicly funded PreK programs, researchers and policymakers have been grappling with experimental evidence demonstrating that the benefits of PreK on academic skills are not likely to last into early…
Maier Michelle F., Kou Anne, October, 2019
Reports & Papers
This report examines three types of professional development supports often provided by early childhood programs: (1) teacher training, (2) teacher coaching, and (3) common planning or "prep" time. Moreover, it examines whether these supports…
Maier Michelle F., Kou Anne, October, 2019
Executive Summary
This report examines three types of professional development supports often provided by early childhood programs: (1) teacher training, (2) teacher coaching, and (3) common planning or "prep" time. Moreover, it examines whether these supports…
Weiland Christina, McCormick Meghan P., Mattera Shira K., Maier Michelle F., Morris Pamela A., January-March 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Experts have heralded domain-specific play-based curricula coupled with regular coaching and training as our "strongest hope" for improving instructional quality in large-scale public preschool programs. Yet, details from different evaluations of…
Mattera Shira K., Morris Pamela A., Jacob Robin T., Maier Michelle F., Rojas Natalia M., August, 2017
Other
Peer Reviewed
A growing literature has demonstrated that early math skills are associated with later outcomes for children. This research has generated interest in improving children's early math competencies as a pathway to improved outcomes for children in…
Williford Amanda P., Carter Lauren M., Maier Michelle F., Hamre Bridget K., Cash Anne H., Pianta Robert C., Downer Jason T., January-March 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study built on prior research regarding the effectiveness of the National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) course by exploring the individual course components. Core aspects of course engagement and performance were…
Morris Pamela A., Mattera Shira K., Maier Michelle F., October, 2016
Reports & Papers
The Making Pre-K Count study addresses whether strengthening prekindergarten (pre-K) instruction in math, hypothesized to be a "linchpin" skill in children's development, can improve children's short- and longer-term learning. Specifically, the…
Morris Pamela A., Mattera Shira K., Maier Michelle F., October, 2016
Executive Summary
The Making Pre-K Count study addresses whether strengthening prekindergarten (pre-K) instruction in math, hypothesized to be a "linchpin" skill in children's development, can improve children's short- and longer-term learning. Specifically, the…
Bohlmann Natalie L., Maier Michelle F., Palacios Natalia, July/August 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Significant differences in language and self-regulation skills exist among children when they enter formal schooling. Contributing to these language differences is a growing population of dual language learners (DLLs) in the United States. Given…
Somers Marie-Andree, Collins Linda M., Maier Michelle F., July, 2014
Reports & Papers
This report is part of a larger effort to design a study to evaluate the effect of individual coaching components in Head Start programs. The design project is guided by the following research question: What is the effect of individual coaching…