HCRC Research News

Conference Highlights Sustained Gains of State PreK Programs

speakers at SRCD symposium on Sustaining Early Childhood GainsAt the Society for Research in Child Development Conference in March, 2019, investigators from state PreK and public programs in Michigan, Oklahoma, St. Paul, MN, and Chicago, IL, presented recent findings demonstrating the sustained efects of the programs on student achievement.  As discussant, Barbara Bowman from the Erickson Institute addressed key themes and recommended increasing program quality and programs continue to scale.

PDF icon Symposium Overview PDF icon Symposium Summary

PDF icon Tulsa, OKPDF icon Chicago, IL & St. Paul, MNPDF icon Michigan


New HCRC Book Shows How to

Sustain Early Learning Gains!

book coverHow early childhood programs can better sustain gains is one of the most critical issues in education and public policy. In this timely and forthcoming Cambridge volume edited by HCRC co-directors Arthur Reynolds and Judy Temple, evidence on long-term effects of a variety of early education programs are presented by leading scholars across many disciplines. The book emphasizes key interventions and practices over the first decade of life and the elements and strategies through which gains can be enhanced by schools, families, and communities.

"This book has it all. The content is first rate and the authors offer a plethora of effective recommendations that will strengthen programs and practices. The authors themselves are a who’s who list of scientists with vast experience in knowing what works. The book clearly shows that good early childhood policy and effective school reform go hand in hand." Arne Duncan - Former Secretary, United States Department of Education

Want to find out more about the book?  Click here for recent Press Release.


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Spend a lunchtime hearing from and interacting with experts on varying topics related to early childhood development, policy, and social issues. They are free and open to the public.

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October Lunchtime Talk

Tuesday October 15, 2019,  Noon – 1 pm

Freeman Commons at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (Room 205)

Childcareaccess.org: New tools to understand Minnesota families' access to early care and education

Professor Aaron Sojourner, Ph.D., Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Join us on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, from noon to 1:00 to hear economist Aaron Sojourner talk about the usefulness for policymakers and researchers of the data tool developed with Elizabeth Davis (Applied Economics) and PhD student Won Fy Lee.


Find past talks in the Events Library

teacher and preschoolers

Aligned Curriculum and Collaborative Leadership are Key to School Reform

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.

CLS study participants with researchers

CLS Examines Midlife Cardiovascular and Mental Health

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.

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