Research

Early Care and Education

Research Post

Behavioral Economics & Child and Family Policy: A Research Primer

What is Behavioral Economics A mother, let us call her Madison, intends to breastfeed her child exclusively for the first six months after consideration of the information she has read about the benefits to her and her child. After a few months, however, she adds formula even though breastfeeding has been going well and there…

read more about Behavioral Economics & Child and Family Policy: A Research Primer
Working Papers

Effects of Daily School and Care Disruptions During the Covid-19 Pandemic on Child Mental Health

The pandemic profoundly affected American children with disruptions to their schooling and daily care. A new study found that service sector workers who had a young child reported disruption on 24 percent of days in fall 2020. The disruptions were more common in remote learning and had a negative impact on children’s behavior and on parenting mood and behavior.

read more about Effects of Daily School and Care Disruptions During the Covid-19 Pandemic on Child Mental Health
Policy Briefs

The Benefits of Early Childhood Education Can Persist in the Long Run

This brief examines how the benefits of high-quality ECE might simultaneously diminish and persist in the long run. Strategies are then discussed to sustain the impacts of ECE during elementary school.

read more about The Benefits of Early Childhood Education Can Persist in the Long Run
Research Project

Families & Communities Rising Evaluation

CCFP researchers are working with Families and Communities Rising to select, implement, and evaluate a school readiness assessment at their Head Start sites across Durham and Orange Counties.

read more about Families & Communities Rising Evaluation
Research Project

Preschool Development Grant, Birth Through Five – Needs Assessment

Together with the Hunt Institute, researchers from CCFP are implementing a collaborative partnership to support NC DHHS’ Division of Child Development and Early Education in completing updates to North Carolina’s Preschool Development (Birth Through Five) Needs Assessment, including information on the impact of COVID-19 on the child care and early education experiences of children and families.

read more about Preschool Development Grant, Birth Through Five – Needs Assessment
Research Project

Baby’s First Years Study

Baby’s First Years is a pathbreaking study of the causal impact of monthly, unconditional cash gifts to low-income mothers and their children in the first three years of the child’s life. The cash gifts are funded through charitable foundations. The study will identify whether reducing poverty can affect early childhood development and the family processes that support children’s development.

read more about Baby’s First Years Study
Journal Articles
Resources

Light-touch design enhancements can boost parent engagement in math activities

Early proficiency in math skills is increasingly being seen as an independent area worthy of early curriculum development and policy investment to reduce socioeconomic disparities in children’s school readiness.

read more about Light-touch design enhancements can boost parent engagement in math activities
Research Project

Factors in Persistence Versus Fadeout of Early Childhood Intervention Impacts

This project seeks to understand whether, for whom, and how the effects of successful early childhood school readiness interventions are sustained across a child’s development.

read more about Factors in Persistence Versus Fadeout of Early Childhood Intervention Impacts
Research Project

Evaluation of the Responsive Early Access for Durham’s Young Children (READY)

Evaluation of a unified strategy to early childhood development called Responsive Early Access for Durham’s Young Children (READY). READY was created by a Durham-based nonprofit in partnership with early care and education, pediatrics, family support, mental health, and homeless services organizations and professionals.

read more about Evaluation of the Responsive Early Access for Durham’s Young Children (READY)
Research Project

Durham Children’s Initiative Evaluation

Project Description The Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI) (formerly East Durham Children’s Initiative) is a place-based, nonprofit organization that supports children and families from cradle to college or career. Established in 2010, DCI’s vision is that all children in Durham graduate from high school ready for college or career. To achieve this vision, DCI provides children…

read more about Durham Children’s Initiative Evaluation
Research Project

Effects of the Incredible Years Classroom and Teacher Combined Interventions on Preschool Children’s Self-Regulation and Academic Achievement

Project Description Evaluation of the Incredible Years Dinosaur Classroom Prevention Program (IY Dina) paired with teacher training in Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management (IYT). IY Dina is a universal social-emotional curriculum that trains children in the skills they need for self-regulation, improved school behavior, and enhanced social competence. IYT targets teachers’ use of effective classroom…

read more about Effects of the Incredible Years Classroom and Teacher Combined Interventions on Preschool Children’s Self-Regulation and Academic Achievement
Research Project

Evaluation of the Larry King Center

Project Description The Larry King Center for Building Children’s Futures is a new initiative aimed at improving the lives of children in Charlotte, North Carolina. Project Goals The Larry King Center has identified the following key objectives: improve school readiness, reduce the incidence and impact of child abuse and neglect, and increase access to health…

read more about Evaluation of the Larry King Center
Research Project

Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families

Project Description There is a concerning lack of available mental health services for children aged zero to five with serious emotional disturbances and their families in Alamance County. Alamance County Department of Social Services, through this grant, is building such services within the framework of a comprehensive home- and community-based System of Care. Evaluation of…

read more about Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families
Research Project

Evaluation of the Larry King Center

Project Description Evaluate the work and activities of the Larry King Center in Charlotte, NC. Project Goals The evaluation of the activities of the Larry King Center involved four components: Survey with participants of the School Readiness Action Planning Process that occurred in 2011. The goal of this survey was to assess what activities have…

read more about Evaluation of the Larry King Center
Research Project

Impact of Toxic Stress on Self-Regulation: Implications for ACF Programs

Project Description The purpose of the “Impact of Toxic Stress on Self-Regulation: Implications for ACF Programs” project was to Thoroughly describe research on the impact of toxic stress on the development of self-regulation skills and capacity from early childhood though young adulthood. Review and describe the effectiveness of interventions to promote self-regulation for universal and…

read more about Impact of Toxic Stress on Self-Regulation: Implications for ACF Programs
Research Project

ITTI Care

The Infant-Toddler Trauma-Informed Care (ITTI Care) Project leverages the existing early childhood education workforce support system to expand and strengthen trauma-informed knowledge and practice within the communities they serve.

read more about ITTI Care
Research Project

The Intergenerational Effects of the Criminal Justice System on Children’s Health

Project Description Children whose parents use substances or are incarcerated (or both) are at-risk for experiencing negative outcomes, e.g., physical and mental health declines, early substance use initiation, criminal activity, being exposed to maltreatment or harsh parenting, and poor school outcomes. In the U.S., at a point in time, 2 million children have an incarcerated…

read more about The Intergenerational Effects of the Criminal Justice System on Children’s Health
Research Project

Evaluation of Book Babies Program

Project Description Book Babies is a program created by Book Harvest to provide Medicaid-eligible Durham area children with books. Book Babies staff visit families starting at a child’s birth and every 6 months thereafter until the child starts Kindergarten. At each home visit, Book Babies staff deliver 10 age appropriate books and spend time with…

read more about Evaluation of Book Babies Program
Research Project

N.C. DHHS Early Childhood Action Plan Data Support Partnership

Project Description This project involves data analyses related to early childhood programs and initiatives housed at North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services, including the North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan. Project Goals The goal of this project is to analyze early childhood programs within North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. Project…

read more about N.C. DHHS Early Childhood Action Plan Data Support Partnership
Research Project

Guilford County Incredible Years Preschool Sustainability Project

In 2017-18 and 2018-19, with funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, we provided training to 54 classrooms in Guilford County to promote the implementation of two of the Incredible Years Series of Programs: Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management and Incredible Years Dinosaur School.

read more about Guilford County Incredible Years Preschool Sustainability Project
Policy Briefs
Resources

Promoting and Protecting Early Relational Health For Infants & Toddlers in Child Care

The science that informs best practice in early intervention, early childhood education, and early childhood mental health is clear: the most important resource infants and toddlers have is the relationships they develop with adult caregivers. For young children in child care programs, relationships with their teachers are a resource they depend on.

read more about Promoting and Protecting Early Relational Health For Infants & Toddlers in Child Care
Reports
Resources

Learning from Pre-K Teachers

During the spring of 2020, a statewide survey was undertaken to understand how early childhood educators sought to navigate the transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

read more about Learning from Pre-K Teachers
Policy Briefs
Resources

“New Normal” for Children and Families: Developing a Universal Approach with a Focus on Equity

This brief provides an overview of the various channels through which COVID-19 has affected the lives of children and families, and proposes 4 key actions to help communities heal and build stronger, equitable systems: Create a “new” public health system centered upon a universal approach to care with a focus on equity. Invest in early…

read more about “New Normal” for Children and Families: Developing a Universal Approach with a Focus on Equity
Reports
Resources

NC Pre-K Remote Learning Survey Results | COVID-19 Response

Children’s earliest experiences shape their brain’s architecture and create the foundation for healthy development and future learning. High-quality early learning environments support children in meeting critical developmental milestones, and children who attend high-quality early education programs are better prepared for success in school — academically, socially and emotionally.

read more about NC Pre-K Remote Learning Survey Results | COVID-19 Response
Policy Briefs
Resources

Strategies to Support the Well-Being of Essential Child Care Staff and Young Children During COVID-19

Inside: Protecting the Physical Well-Being of Essential Child Care Providers and Young Children Supporting the Social-Emotional Well-Being of Essential Child Care Providers and Young Children Caring for Older Children Supporting Child Care Administrators Whose Facilities are Staying Open to Meet Essential Needs

read more about Strategies to Support the Well-Being of Essential Child Care Staff and Young Children During COVID-19
Journal Articles
Resources

Gender Differences in the Impact of North Carolina’s Early Care and Education Initiatives on Student Outcomes in Elementary School

Based on growing evidence of the long-term benefits of enriched early childhood experiences, we evaluate the potential for addressing gender disparities in elementary school through early care and education programs.

read more about Gender Differences in the Impact of North Carolina’s Early Care and Education Initiatives on Student Outcomes in Elementary School
Books
Resources

State of Empowerment: Low-Income Families and the New Welfare State

Carolyn Barnes uses ethnographic accounts of three organizations to reveal how interacting with government-funded after-school programs can enhance the civic and political lives of low-income citizens.

read more about State of Empowerment: Low-Income Families and the New Welfare State
Journal Articles
Resources

Impact of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Programs and Policies on Educational Outcomes in Elementary School

North Carolina’s Smart Start and More at Four (MAF) early childhood programs were evaluated through the end of elementary school (age 11) by estimating the impact of state funding allocations to programs in each of 100 counties across 13 consecutive years on outcomes for all children in each county-year group (n = 1,004,571; 49% female; 61% non-Latinx White, 30% African American, 4% Latinx, 5% other).

read more about Impact of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Programs and Policies on Educational Outcomes in Elementary School
Journal Articles
Resources

Impact of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Initiatives on Special Education Placements in Third Grade

This study examines the community-wide effects of investments in two early childhood initiatives in North Carolina (Smart Start and More at Four) on the likelihood of a student being placed into special education.

read more about Impact of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Initiatives on Special Education Placements in Third Grade
1 2 3 7