Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care

Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) care is the most common form of child care. It’s used by families across socioeconomic and cultural groups. We completed two evaluation studies of FFN programs across Minnesota and developed training for FFN providers.


We conducted an evaluation of Text2Learn, a project developed by the Minnesota Children’s Museum to use text messaging as a strategy to promote parents’ playful learning and early literacy activities with their preschool-age children.

Preschool Attendance Project

We’re working with Minneapolis Public Schools to gather data to help improve attendance in the district’s High 5 preschool program.

Early Care and Education Choices

We conducted policy-relevant research on early care and education as part of a three-year, state-child care research partnership between Maryland and Minnesota, Child Trends, and the University of Minnesota.