HCRC Research Highlights

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Current Projects

In addition to long-term initiatives, the following are recent additions to HCRC's research partnerships. 

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 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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Recent News

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

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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.

Lunchtime Talks will resume in January 2021. 

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