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Stites Michele L., Sonnenschein Susan, Dowling Rebecca, Gay Brittany, January, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Research Findings: These two studies examined the different mathematical opportunities provided in preschool classrooms, with a particular focus on the availability of mathematical-themed books in classroom libraries. In study one, we interviewed…
Sheridan Kathleen M., Wen Xiaoli, January, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Research Findings: This is an evaluation study of the effectiveness of an online early mathematics professional development program for early childhood teachers. The eight online courses, along with the Math at Home: Early Math Matters website and…
Levine Michael H., Brown Chavaughn, McCarthy Jack, Levy Julia (Julia Claire), 2021
Other
Peer Reviewed
By summer 2020, Noggin and its nonprofit partner, Sparkler Learning, engaged with AppleTree, which had never previously used children’s media in its evidence-based instructional model. All three organizations were grappling with relationship and…
King Yemimah A., Purpura David J., Q1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A number of studies provide evidence that the home numeracy environment is important for the development of early numeracy skills. There is also evidence that preschoolers understanding of math language is a strong predictor of numeracy skills.…
Cohen-Vogel Lora, Little Michael, Jang Wonkyung, Burchinal Margaret, Bratsch-Hines Mary E., January-December 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Policy observers have expressed concern over whether misalignment between pre-K and K–12 has negative consequences for children. This study considers students’ exposure to redundant content across the pre-K and kindergarten years. Specifically, it…
Moffett Lillie, 2021
Reports & Papers

Given the well-documented relation between executive functioning (EF) and math skills in preschool, there is a surprising lack of evidence on early intervention approaches that have successfully, and consistently, impacted both EF and math skills…

Schachter Rachel E., Piasta Shayne B., Justice Laura M., Winter 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Most preschool-aged children spend time in Head Start and other center-based care. Thus, early educators’ use of a quality curriculum is essential to maximizing children’s learning. We examined the curricula utilized by educators working in diverse…
Schachter Rachel E., Piasta Shayne B., Justice Laura M., Winter 2020
Executive Summary
Peer Reviewed
This article summarizes a study investigating the curricula and features of those curricula used by 497 early childhood educators across one Midwestern state. Curricula were identified and coded for quality features derived from the research, theory…
Fryer, Jr. Ronald G., Levitt Steven D., List John A., Samek Anya, October, 2020
Reports & Papers
We present the results of a novel early childhood intervention in which disadvantaged 3-4-year-old children were randomized to receive a new preschool and parent education program focused on cognitive and non-cognitive skills (CogX) or to a control…
Portilla Ximena A., Mattera Shira K., Wulfsohn Samantha, October, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This brief provides guidance on implementing supplemental classroom curricula and can help preschool administrators consider how to direct their efforts to support teaching and learning. Evidence built from 15 years of MDRC research on implementing…
Rojas Natalia M., Morris Pamela A., Balaraman Amudha, October-December 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Achieving high-quality preschool at scale is challenging; to do so likely entails a combination of program standards, teacher qualifications and compensation, on-site quality monitoring, and professional development (PD). This study aims to examine…
Thibodeau-Nielsen Rachel, Gilpin Ansley, Nancarrow Alexandra F., Pierucci Jillian M., Brown Melissa McInnis, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Growing evidence supports pretense as a positive predictor of executive function (EF) in early childhood. However, there is a need for well controlled, experimental studies examining the effects of various styles of pretense on EF development in…
McMahon Kelly, Whyte Kristin Lyn, March, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Increasingly school districts are attempting to align curricula, assessments and standards, in an effort to eliminate inequities. Some approaches like Prek-3 initiatives call for coordination of instruction between preschool and later elementary…
Scalise Nicole R., Daubert Emily N., Ramani Geetha B., February, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Low-income preschoolers have lower average performance on measures of early numerical skills than middle-income children. The present study examined the effectiveness of numerical card games in improving children's numerical and executive…
Wasik Barbara A., Hindman Annemarie H., Q1 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Preschool teachers from a high-poverty, urban school district were trained to implement Story Talk, a book reading intervention designed to increase children's vocabulary and language development using supportive materials and strategic…