HCRC Highlights

New Blog Post on Highly Effective Lesson Planning

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Gwendolyn Graham, a previous CPC head teacher, demonstrates how high-quality lesson planning makes a significant difference in learning for students (and parents). HCRC is grateful for her expertise and passion for teaching, which we are using to guide our research.

Latest Evidence Matters Post

Mirinda Morency explains the importance of psychological well-being in early childhood for the newest HCRC Evidence Matters blog. Check back often to see more of the research HCRC is working on!

Evidence Matters Post

Current Humphrey School student Jo Rutkiewicz discusses the potential of collaborative leadership in Minnesota's current early childhood education expansion efforts. 

Come back soon for more Evidence Matters blog posts on HCRC's current research.

Social Determinants of Health in the CLS

In partnership with the Chicago Longitudinal Study (CLS), HCRC is exploring how the conditions people live in influence their health and well-being across the lifespan. These conditions, shaped by laws, policies, and the distribution of power & resources, are considered social determinants of health (SDoH) as they lead to the pronounced differences in health outcomes, or health inequities, present around the world.

Upcoming Lunchtime Talk

Join the Humphrey School and HCRC for a joint Lunchtime Talk on March 15, from noon to 1 pm. 

What is the role of the Minnesota Department of Education in addressing the achievement gap?

Join us for a presentation of the new report by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. Humphrey faculty member Judy Temple will moderate this presentation given by Humphrey alum Sarah Delacueva and her OLA colleagues. This event is co-sponsored with the Human Capital Research Collaborative as part of its lunch-time talk series.

CLS COVID Survey Evidence Matters Post

The Pandemic’s Impact on Participants in the Chicago Longitudinal Study at Midlife

HCRC's new Evidence Matter blog post is now available. This summary of the CLS COVID Survey results provides the perspective of CLS participants on the pandemic and social unrest. The full report is available here.

October Lunchtime Talk

Oct Talk Info

Check out the most recent HCRC Lunchtime Talk, which included three different presentations in one hour. Co-Directors Arthur Reynolds and Judy Temple start the conversation with updates on HCRC's current and future initiatives. Lisa Barnidge then discusses integrating services within the different Minnesota State Departments from the perspective of the Department of Human Services. Amanda Varley finishes the talk with the current projects she's working on at the Minnesota Department of Education. The discussion centers on integration and how it benefits future developments in the early childhood field. 

Full SRCD Presentation

HCRC 2021 SRCD Presentation

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HCRC Announces Three New Initiatives to Promote Evidence-Based Programs and Policies for Young People

Evidence Matters Blog provides short commentaries and analyses on public policy topics, under-prioritized needs and emerging directions, and research news affecting young people, birth to age 20. The first two pieces are on the Childcare Workforce and the 10 Essential Elements of Early Childhood Programs.

HCRC Summer Research Interns Program

  • Supports two graduate students (50% time) beginning in 2021 to advance scholarship on the influence of structural elements of early childhood program effectiveness and/or reducing structural inequalities associated with multilevel poverty, segregation, discrimination & racism, and related socio-structural barriers. 
  • Priority is placed on factors and systems of influence identified in the 10 Essential Elements.

Pilot Matching Grants Program with Community Partners

  • supports the implementation of evidence-based structural elements of early childhood programs as identified in the 10 Essential Elements. 
  • One or two 50/50 matching grants with community partners will be sponsored at fixed costs. Formative evaluation is included and capacity for sustainability.

For more information on these new intiatives, click the pdf below.

Recent News

The tragic events of 2020 have changed society forever. Since March over 210,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 with 7.4 million people infected. By comparison, the influenza pandemic of 1968 over its 3-year span was responsible for 100,000 U.S. deaths. COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. As a result of the breathtaking speed at which the coronavirus pandemic has spread, most segments of economic activity shut down for extended periods of time, and this led to depression-era increases in unemployment.

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 4:30pm

Sustaining early learning gains requires a comprehensive and effective system of services from preschool through the school-age years. This Brief describes the role of two key elements of sustaining gains: aligned curriculum and collaborative leadership. They are part of the Child-Parent Center P-3 school reform model. Metrics for measuring and implementing each of these elements are described and their relationship to student learning gains in Chicago and Saint Paul schools.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 12:15pm

HCRC researchers are partnering with Northwestern University on a new phase of the seminal Chicago Longitudinal Study (CLS). Since 1985, the CLS has tracked the development of a group of 1,539 individuals who grew up in urban poverty. Intervention group members attended the Child-Parent Centers (CPC) beginning in preschool and continued participation through 2nd or 3rd grade. The new phase of CLS research, which began in spring 2017, further examines the connection between CPC participation, educational attainment, and physical and mental health outcomes at age 37-39.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 12:00pm


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Spend a lunchtime hearing from and interacting with experts on varying topics related to well-being throughout the life course, policy, and social issues. Talks are free, open to the public, and are currently being hosted on Zoom.

Most Recent Talk: Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

What is the role of the Minnesota Department of Education in addressing the achievement gap?

Join us for a presentation of the new report by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. Humphrey faculty member and HCRC co-director Judy Temple will moderate this presentation given by Humphrey alum Sarah Delacueva and her OLA colleagues. This event is co-sponsored with the Humphrey School.

Check out previous Lunch-Time Talks.

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