HCRC Highlights

CLS COVID Survey Results

Participants of the Chicago Longitudinal Survey (CLS) responded to a survey on their perceptions of COVID-19, the civil unrest during the pandemic, and the subsequent effects. A total of 216 responses came in between August 14th, 2020 through March 31st, 2021. 

October Lunchtime Talk

Oct Talk Info

Check out the most recent HCRC Lunchtime Talk, which included three different presentations in one hour. Co-Directors Arthur Reynolds and Judy Temple start the conversation with updates on HCRC's current and future initiatives. Lisa Barnidge then discusses integrating services within the different Minnesota State Departments from the perspective of the Department of Human Services. Amanda Varley finishes the talk with the current projects she's working on at the Minnesota Department of Education. The discussion centers on integration and how it benefits future developments in the early childhood field. 

New Evidence Matters Post

A new blog post by Christina F. Mondi & Allison Giovanelli, "Fostering socio-emotional learning through early childhood education," is up on the Evidence Matters blog.

Full SRCD Presentation

HCRC 2021 SRCD Presentation

teacher and preschoolers

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

  • supports the implementation of evidence-based structural elements of early childhood programs as identified in the 10 Essential Elements. 
  • One or two 50/50 matching grants with community partners will be sponsored at fixed costs. Formative evaluation is included and capacity for sustainability.

For more information on these new intiatives, click the pdf below.

Recent News

Early childhood education continues to be a high priority across the nation. Total public funding at all levels now exceeds $30 billion annually (Council of Economic Advisers, 2016), which amounts to a doubling of investment over the past two decades (U.S. General Accounting Office, 1999), while public-private sector initiatives, such as Pay for Success, have also helped expand access (Temple & Reynolds, 2015).

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 2:15pm

Providing better quality and more intensive public education for children from poor and at-risk backgrounds can significantly increase their chances at ending the cycle of poverty.

Research conducted on a long-term data set from some of Chicago’s most-challenged neighborhoods has found that four to six years of educational interventions in a child’s life ended up producing enormous benefits by the time the children made it into early adulthood.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 2:45pm

Although substantial investments in early childhood intervention have continued, whether gains are sustained past kindergarten for routinely implemented programs is a critical research need. HCRC researchers performed a re-analysis of data from the Chicago Longitudinal Study to investigate the effects of program duration from preschool to 3rd grade on school outcomes and whether the effects differ by gender. 

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:00am


Lunchtime Talks pic from Linda

Spend a lunchtime hearing from and interacting with experts on varying topics related to well-being throughout the life course, policy, and social issues. Talks are free, open to the public, and are currently being hosted on Zoom.

Most Recent Talk: Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Time: 12 to 1pm

New Opportunities to Strengthen Research, Training, and Services in Early Childhood Programs and Systems

Arthur Reynolds Professor & Co-Director of HCRC 

Judy Temple Professor & Co-Director of HCRC

Lisa Barnidge Director of Enterprise Data and Information at the MN Department of Human Services

Amanda Varley Preschool Management Development Grant Manager at the MN Department of Education

Check out previous Lunch-Time Talks.

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