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)

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Gates Foundation Grant Assesses Key Elements of Early Childhood Programs

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.

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Judy Temple Appointed HCRC Co-Director

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.

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Upcoming Brown Bags

Unless otherwise noted, brown bags are at noon in Room 215 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

February 20CANCELLED

March 27: Promoting Health and Well-Being: A View from 5 University Centers (Brown bag to be held at 325 Education Sciences Building)

Human Capital Research Collaborative, Center for Early Education and Development, Obesity Prevention Center, Center for Personalized Prevention in Children Mental Health, and the Life Course Center

April 17: Future Health Correlates of Stability and Change in Youth Survival Perceptions

Naomi N. Duke, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

May 1: Minnesota’s Early Childhood Programs

Jody Hauer, Ellen Dehmer, and Will Harrison, Office of the Legislative Auditor, State of Minnesota