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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 will support the implementation of evidence-based structural elements of early childhood programs as identified in the 10 Essential Elements. These include small classes in PreK, K, and the early grades, staffing supports such as classroom assistants and professional learning, parent involvement teams, and enhancing school leadership and community support. One or two 50/50 matching grants with community partners will be sponsored at fixed costs. Formative evaluation is included and capacity for sustainability.

Quality in early childhood programs has been a longstanding priority in policy and practice. Identifying the contribution of specific elements of high quality or effective learning experiences (ELE) is critical in scaling effective programs to population levels.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 9:45am

Strengthening early education means doing what works for all children. This is the vision of the Minnesota Early Learning Council and is directly supported in the World’s Best Work Force statute. The unifying goal is that all children will be ready for school at kindergarten entry.

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 4:30pm

The new year provides an opportunity to accelerate progress in early education. Minnesota has high aspirations. The World's Best Work Force statute states that by 2020 all children will be ready for school.

Although Gov. Mark Dayton has championed early education with the new voluntary pre-K program for 4-year-olds and other investments, Minnesota remains far short of the 2020 goal and continues to lag other states in access to high quality programs.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

The new year provides an opportunity to accelerate progress in early education. Minnesota has high aspirations. The World's Best Work Force statute states that by 2020 all children will be ready for school.

Although Gov. Mark Dayton has championed early education with the new voluntary pre-K program for 4-year-olds and other investments, Minnesota remains far short of the 2020 goal and continues to lag other states in access to high quality programs.

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 8:15am

In a recent symposium presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) conference in Chicago on November 4, 2017, 50 years of the CPC program was described with a focus on future directions. The session was chaired by Arthur Reynolds (Professor, University of Minnesota) and Lisa Heiskell-Topkins (CPC Manager, Chicago Public Schools).

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:15pm

A new study shows that successful implementation of preschool to 3rd grade programs yields benefits in increasing school readiness, improving attendance, and strengthening parental involvement in school education –– strategies that can close the achievement gap for children at risk.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:45pm

Sustaining early learning gains requires a comprehensive and effective system of services from preschool through the school-age years. Findings from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress show the urgent need to improve achievement, as only 37% of U. S. 4th graders are proficient readers.i  One year of preschool will not solve this problem. Reflecting the dual importance of high-quality preschool and effective K-3 services, Child-Parent Center (CPC) P-3 is a school reform model designed to create a strong and sustainable culture of learning through 3rd grade.

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:30am

Cumulative Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are associated with many deleterious physical and mental health outcomes, but early childhood interventions and education programs, such as CPC P-3, may facilitate healthy development among ACE-affected children. CPC P-3's unique system of supports helps promote lifelong well-being by reducing family stress and exposure to adversity and by promoting children’s school readiness, achievement, and socio-emotional learning. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 11:45am

Huffington Post
05/02/2017 02:17 pm ET

Rachel Katz, PhD Student, Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University
Julia Fleckman, PhD Candidate, Public Health, Tulane University
Alison Giovanelli, PhD Candidate, Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science, University of Minnesota
Melissa Marquardt, PhD student, Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon
Jennifer Daer Shields, PhD Student, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:45am

James Heckman
Center for the Economics of Human Development
University of Chicago

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:45am

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