Established in 2006, HCRC is an interdisciplinary center of the University of Minnesota. Our mission is to advance knowledge on the identification, design, understanding, and use of cost-effective programs, policies, and practices from early childhood to young adulthood. In partnership with the Institute of Child Development, College of Education & Human Development, and affiliated scholars and units, we conduct on-going longitudinal research, develop and implement interventions, and evaluate education and social programs.
Co-Directors: Arthur J. Reynolds (Institute of Child Development) and Judy A. Temple (Humphrey School of Public Affairs)
In a new grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HCRC researchers will investigate the impact of key elements of early childhood programs that have been identified as influencing initial and sustained learning gains. Using data from the Midwest Longitudinal Study and other sources, HCRC will provide evidence on the validity of the Gates Foundation’s 15 essential elements of effective learning (e.g., teacher certification/compensation, learning time, adult-child ratios) as well as the 6 core elements (e.g., small classes, aligned curriculum, effective learning) of the CPC P-3 program.
Judy Temple, Professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has been appointed Co-Director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative. One of the developers of HCRC in 2006, Professor Temple is an education and public finance economist who has conducted landmark studies of the return on investment of early childhood and school-age programs, including the CPC program. She has also assessed the impact of many educational policies from grade retention to school mobility, and is currently studying the contributions of Pay for Success financing in human and education services.