The past decade has yielded an enormous amount of research that makes the case for investing in early childhood. From early brain development research to economic impact studies, the research shows that not only should we invest in young children and their families, we can't afford not to.


  • Family Involvement and Educator Outreach in Head Start: Nature, Extent, and Contributions to Early Literacy Skills

    This article, originally published in The Elementary School Journal in 2011, discusses the relationship of family investment and educator outreach in a child's early education. Hindman and Morrison give full treatment to the best practices of bridging the "home-school gap in Head Start preschool programs and thus [contributing] to children’s early literacy skills" (p. 359). To read the full article and abstract, click here

  • By Default or By Design? Variations in Higher Education Programs for Early Care and Education Teachers and Their Implications for Research Methodology, Policy, and Practice

    Whitebrook et. al (2012) evaluate the professional development of those persuing a college degree in Early Childhood Education. This report, developed through the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berekley, has implications not only on the future-teacher, but future pupils. Offering substantial research in the field of early childhood methodologies, the authors evaluate current practices to examine their effectiveness in order to put substantial recommendations on the future of educatiors in the field. To read the full report, click here

  • The Economic Benefits of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs: What Makes the Difference?

    Prepared by Families and Work Institute for The Committee for Economic Development
    This paper focuses on three early education programs that have provided the strongest evidence of the economic benefits of quality early childhood programs - High/Scope Perry Preschool Project, the Abecedarian Project, and the Chicago Child-Parent Centers.

    Read the executive summary here.

    Read the entire paper here.

  • Invest in the Young

    "On a purely economic basis," Dr. Heckman says, "it makes a lot of sense to invest in the young." Heckman suggests that taking a broader view of the way skills are formed in a modern economy is more appropriate and more beneficial. This paper has been adapted from Dr. Heckman's journal article, Policies to Foster Human Capital.  See entire research here.

  • From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development Executive Summary

    On October 3, 2000, the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies released From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development, an update and synthesis of current scientific knowledge of child development from birth to age five. The report connects scientific advances to early childhood policy, services and research. This report is considered by most to be the impetus to change how we view early childhood development. Read the executive summary here.

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

    ACE Study is a major American research project that poses the question of whether, and how, childhood experiences affect adult health decades later. The ACE Study reveals a powerful relationship between childhood experiences and the health of an adult - both physical and mental health. The Study makes it clear that adverse experiences in childhood has profound affects later in life. Please also visit the Adverse Childhood Study(ACE) site, where you can research additional information.


  • Exploring the Social Determinants of Health


    This is one in a series of 10 issue briefs on the social determinants of health. The series began as a product of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America and continues as a part of the Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations portfolio.


  • Long-Term Economic Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood Programs: Proven Programs Boost Economic Development

    From the Partnership for America's Economic Success, which is managed by and housed at The Pew Charitable Trusts - public charity with over five decades of experience in making successful social investments taht return results.

    Read the issue brief here.

  • Building the Foundation for Bright Futures: Final Report of the NGA Task Force on School Readiness

    The task force offers recommendations and policy options for what governors can do to promote ready states, ready schools, ready communities, ready families, and ready children.

    Read the final report here.

  • Economic Costs Of Early Childhood Poverty: Raising Young Children Out of Poverty Can Substantially Improve Their Odds of Economi

    From the Partnership for America's Economic Success

    Read the issue paper here.

  • The Economics of Early Childhood Development as Seen by Two Fed Economists

    From the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

    Read their paper here.

  • Helping Young Children Succeed: Strategies to Promote Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development

    This report describes how state policymakers can support the healthy social-emotional development of young children from birth to age five.

    Read the report here.

  • Life Chances: The Case For Early Investment In Our Kids

    From The American Prospect

    Read the special report here.

  • Common Vision, Different Paths: Five States' Journeys Toward Comprehensive Prenatal-to-Five Systems

    This report looks at strategies for effectively building the systems and providing the high quality programs infants, toddlers, and young children need to thrive and succeed.
    Oklahoma is highlighted in this report. Click here to read the report.

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