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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 will support the implementation of evidence-based structural elements of early childhood programs as identified in the 10 Essential Elements. These include small classes in PreK, K, and the early grades, staffing supports such as classroom assistants and professional learning, parent involvement teams, and enhancing school leadership and community support. One or two 50/50 matching grants with community partners will be sponsored at fixed costs. Formative evaluation is included and capacity for sustainability.

by Kenneth A. Dodge, Yu Bai, Helen F. Ladd, and Clara G. Muschkin (Duke University)
Child Development, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:15am

Volume 26 Number 2 Fall 2016 of the journal of The Future of Children is now available to read online. The Future of Children is a collaboration of The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 11:15am

The October 2016 Parent Aware report has been released by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), provides a common set of program standards for child care and early education programs, and is supported by a mission and principles. The program standards, combined with the Parent Aware Indicators, are also known as the Parent Aware “kindergarten readiness best practices." 

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 11:00am

Rob Grunewald, Economist, Community Development Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Cascade: No. 93, Fall 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 11:00am

The Minnesota Legislature authorized an innovative social impact financing pilot in 2011 to issue state bonds for pay for performance based contracts to expand effective social services.  A report released today by Nonprofits Assistance Fund examines why, while pay for success initiatives have moved forward in other states, Minnesota has been unable to issue the appropriation bonds authorized in the Pay For Performance Act of 2011.

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 10:45am

We are delighted to announce that our findings on the benefits of full-day preschool in the Child-Parent Centers is in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Within CPCs that offered full and part day preschool in Chicago, students in full-day were more likely to be ready for Kindergarten. The results are reaching local and national news sources as well. Read more here.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 10:45am

The City of Chicago’s approval of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to increase enrollment in the ChildParent Centers (CPC) by 2,600 preschool students is a watershed for social impact bond (SIB) financing. Not only is the SIB the largest in private investment ($16.9 million over 4 years), but it is the first for a proven model of school reform.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 10:30am

Chair Janet L. Yellen speaks at the Conference on Economic Opportunity and Inequality, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts. Read her speech here.

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:30am

Read Art Rolnick's article on the Twin Cities Daily Planet website.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:30am

Studies have found that well-focused investments in early childhood development yield high public as well as private returns, yet millions of children in this country do not have access to quality early learning opportunities.

On June 5, 2014, Libby Doggett, Early Learning Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education; Art Rolnick, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative, Humphrey School of Affairs; and Aaron Sojourner, Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Management discussed the results of local and national research.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 10:30am