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HCRC 2021 Initiatives

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.

Nicole Smerillo, Arthur Reynolds, Suh-Ruu Ou, Judy Temple

Society for Research in Child Development 2017

Presented by Nicole Smerillo at the 2017 Society for Research in Child Devlopment biennial meeting April 6-8 in Austin, TX.

The purpose of this study was to:

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 11:30am

Workforce Development for the Next Generation: Early Childhood Education

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Community Development and Policy Studies, Chicago Fedeal Reserve

By Emily Engel

Workforce development, long thought to be the purview of community colleges and other vocational programs increasingly extends into early childhood education and elementary school. In fact, many practitioners today believe that workforce development and early childhood education go hand in hand, with many of the skills that bode well for career success developed early in life.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:30am



WASHINGTON — A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:30am


Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11:30am

Report prepared by University of British Columbia

Released February 14, 2017

This report, prepared by University of British Columbia for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), is an important step toward a powerful movement not just to strengthen the infrastructure for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) but to improve the quality of teaching from preschool through high school nationwide.

Read the full report

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 11:30am

Tarjei Havnes and Magne Mogstad

Discussion Papers No. 774, March 2014
Statistics Norway, Research Department

This study assesses the case for universal child care programs in the context of a Norwegian reform which led to a large-scale expansion of subsidized child care. Taken together, the findings could have important implications for the policy debate over universal child care programs, suggesting that the benefits of providing subsidized child care to middle and upper-class children are unlikely to exceed the costs.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:15am

Mark W. Lipsey, Ph.D.; Dale C. Farran, Ph.D.; Kerry G. Hofer, Ph.D.

Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University   September, 2015

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:15am

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education just released findings from a descriptive study of PreK-3rd grade continuum that examined the implementation of P-3 alignment, including differentiated instruction, in five programs.

Read the PDF icon full report

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 11:15am

By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News

Brain tests at the age of three appear to predict a child's future chance of success in life, say researchers. Cognitive tests could identify children at the age of three who would go on to become criminals, dependent on welfare or chronically ill. 

Read the full article here.

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:15am