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.

This project conducted policy-relevant research on early care and education. It was a three-year, state-child care research partnership between Maryland and Minnesota, Child Trends, and the University of Minnesota.

We conducted three related studies:

  1. Examining longitudinal patterns of parental decision-making about child care;
  2. Determining the extent to which certain aspects of quality (family-sensitive caregiving, developmentally appropriate instructional practices, and supports for socioemotional development) were a factor in parental decision-making; and
  3. Examining the stability and continuity of care over time.

Funding

Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

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CLASS® Online Learning Community

Our online learning community offers ongoing support for coaches and professional development providers.

The CLASS® Online Learning Community (OLC) provides CLASS® coaches and professional development providers with ongoing support on using the CLASS®.

OLCs include reviewing relevant content, practicing CLASS®-related skills, and opportunities for chats.

The community is open to individuals who have completed  CLASS® Reliability (or are reliable CLASS® users) and Putting CLASS® into Practice trainings.

Early Bridges: A Preschool Theatre Arts Program

We work with the Minneapolis-based Children’s Theatre Company to evaluate the impact of an outreach program that aims to build children’s storytelling and theater arts skills.

We work with the Minneapolis-based Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) to evaluate Early Bridges, a preschool theatre outreach program that aims to build the storytelling and theatre arts skills of preschoolers in underserved communities.

Currently, we are working with CTC on two research and evaluation projects: Measuring the oral narrative and theatre arts skills of preschool children and Impact of a theater arts program on the school readiness of low-income preschoolers.

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Advanced Training Curricula for Early Care and Education Project

We developed 108 hours of advanced training for child care providers.

We developed 108 hours of advanced training for child care providers who have, or will attain, a credential, certificate or diploma, and/or an associate degree in early childhood learning and development (levels 2 and 3 of the MN Core Competencies). Trainings are approved through DEVELOP; information about their offerings is also available via DEVELOP.

Funding

Minnesota Department of Human Services