PEER collaborates with Stamford partners to promote continuous improvement of home visiting services for the families of young children
Greater Stamford Parenting Partnership (GSPP) formed in 2021 to expand access to home visiting services for the families of young children. PEER is supporting GSPP in the area of continuous quality improvement.
PEER contributes to Future of Children series on the work of research-practice partnerships in early childhood education during COVID-19
A new brief from PEER, published by The Future of Children, explores the challenges of conducting collaborative research in early childhood education during the COVID-19 pandemic and describes how several RPPs responded.
EDC Receives IES Award to Continue Leadership of REL Northeast & Islands
EDC has been awarded a $25 million contract from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education to operate the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast & Islands through 2027. EDC is one of PEER's founding organizations.
Examining alignment between child care coverage and parents’ work schedules: Initial results from EDC study
An EDC research team shares initial results from a study examining variations in parents’ access to child care that aligns with their work schedules, the choices parents make about how to address gaps between child care coverage and work schedules, and the factors that influence the presence of coverage gaps and the ways parents address them.
Planning grant awarded to design a coordinated evaluation of CCDF policies and initiatives in Connecticut
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research (OPRE) has awarded an 18-month planning grant to Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to plan an evaluation of CCDF policies and initiatives in Connecticut.
New research on the effects of preschool dosage and instructional alignment on child outcomes
As the nation thinks seriously about expanding access to preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, it is important for research to improve our understand of the structures and processes that are most likely to contribute to students’ success.
Understanding teacher turnover in early childhood education
REL Northeast & Islands recently published a study designed to better understand factors associated with turnover in the early childhood educator workforce. The study was initiative by the REL's Early Childhood Workforce Development Research Alliance, a group of state leaders who oversee early childhood workforce initiatives such as certification, training, and ongoing professional development. Alliance members hope the study will inform their agencies’ policies to improve educator retention and guide the allocation of resources to support the educator workforce.
A game-changing opportunity: Rethinking how communities serve children and families
As we rebuild after the pandemic, we have an enormous opportunity to reinvent early education and care in the United States in ways that dramatically improve outcomes for children and families, strengthen communities, and advance equity for all. EDC's David Jacobson explores how elementary schools, early childhood programs, and health and social service agencies can work together to improve quality and coordination across entire neighborhoods and communities and thus create the most positive overall environments possible for children and families.
Engaging families in children’s math learning adds up
Many families read aloud to help their children develop literacy skills, but far fewer families realize that they can play an equally vital role in promoting their children’s early math learning. EDC’s Young Mathematicians in Worcester (YM-W) project supports families in this important role.
Supporting ongoing quality improvement in early childhood education by focusing on standards, curriculum, and assessment
The OEC and the RESC Alliance are working together to provide Quality Improvement Supports related to Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment for early childhood education providers.
EDC partners with families and teachers to promote young dual language learners' science learning
EDC has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead the new five-year initiative Supporting Science Inquiry, Interest, and STEM Thinking for Young Dual Language Learners (SISTEM). This initiative builds on EDC's previous Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) project in Hartford, Connecticut.
Lessons learned: PEER’s evaluation of the Preschool Development Grant
In collaboration with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and State Department of Education (SDE), PEER recently completed a study of the association between children's participation in the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) program and kindergarten outcomes.
COVID-19 stressors and parenting practices: Initial results from Penn State/Yale study of family wellbeing and child safety
Dr. Christian Connell of Penn State University and Dr. Michael Strambler of the Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER) at Yale University partnered to examine the relationship between COVID-19 stressors, COVID-19 distress, parental neglect, and parenting practices by surveying a representative sample of families of children ages 0-18. The study is currently under review at a scientific journal, and Drs. Connell and Strambler believe that this is the largest regional investigation of its kind to date.
PEER concludes initial evaluation of Maritime Odyssey Preschool’s early STEM education model
PEER has concluded the initial evaluation of the early STEM education model implemented at Maritime Odyssey Preschool. Over the past two years, PEER worked with Odyssey Learning, Inc. and The Maritime Aquarium to develop a logic model, design and initial implementation, and examine the association of program participation with child outcomes.
PEER co-director Clare Irwin receives federal grant to study how parents address gaps in child care coverage
The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) at the Administration for Children and Families has awarded a grant to an Education Development Center (EDC) team led by Clare Irwin, PEER co-director, to study low-income working parents’ access to child care.
PEER releases series on supporting multilingual learners
The Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER) is pleased to announce the release of its series of policy and practice briefs focused on supporting multilingual learners, which was produced as a part of the partnership’s dual language learner/English learn project.