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.
Brown bags are at noon in Room 180 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
January 23: A Comparison of the Gates Foundation, CPC, and NIEER Elements of Effective Early Learning: Implications for Minnesota
Arthur Reynolds, Brandt Richardson, Julie Vaisarova, and Sangyoo Lee, HCRC, University of Minnesota
February 20: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Children
Jeffrey Wozniak, Deptartment of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota
March 20: Minnesota’s Early Childhood Programs
Jody Hauer, Ellen Dehmer, and Will Harrison, Office of the Legislative Auditor, State of Minnesota
April 17: Future Health Correlates of Stability and Change in Youth Survival Perceptions
Naomi N. Duke, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota