News Category: early childhood education

VOTE UP our session for SXSWEDU 2020!: Putting Science Into Practice: Birth to Graduation

Aug. 15, 2019

Support our session at SXSWEDU 2020! "Putting Science Into Practice: Birth to Graduation" brings together Dr. John King, former U.S. Education Secretary under President Obama and CEO of The Education Trust, and CFRP and Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center director Dr. Cynthia Osborne. They will connect the dots between what we know about brain development in the foundational prenatal to age three period and future learning and outcomes. Learn more, share, and VOTE UP by Aug.

New Project: Impact of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program on Student Outcomes

Oct. 25, 2018

The AVANCE Network operates several programs within the framework of a two-generation approach to whole family success. The largest of these is their Parent-Child Outcome Education Program, a program for parents and their children up to age 4. While the parents are in their own session learning about the importance of their role as a teacher and specific parenting skills, their children are taught school ready concepts and participate in stimulating activities.

The Evidence Base: Predictors of School Readiness

Aug. 13, 2018

Access to high-quality childcare betters outcomes in the following domains: neuro-typical brain development;1 reading and associated competencies (vocabulary, language performance, and emergent literacy);2 and social-emotional development (emotional understanding, social problem solving, and learning engagement).3,4 It yields the highest short and long-term benefits for low-income children relative to their higher-income peers.5,6,7

Early Childhood Development at PK-12 Public Education Forum in San Antonio

March 7, 2018

CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne joined other experts at the third annual Regional PK-12 Public Education Forum in San Antonio on March 6, 2018 where the discussion focused on early childhood development. San Antonio is home to the Pre-K San Antonio program, an initiative launched by former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro providing high quality pre-Kindergarten services for four-year-old children.

New Project: Exploring the Effects of Wage on the Culture of Health in Early Childhood Education Centers

Aug. 28, 2017

Many high-quality early care and education (ECE) providers earn poverty-level wages and may not be able to afford adequate housing, food, or healthcare. In addition, more than one-third of ECE providers are enrolled in some form of public assistance program, most commonly health insurance and SNAP. Research studies on the quality of ECE workforce have traditionally defined workforce quality in terms of provider education/training, job satisfaction, and job turnover.

Child Care Quality, Minimum Ratio Standards, and Children's Safety

March 26, 2017

A key indicator of the quality of child care centers is the child to caregiver ratio – the maximum number of children that one caregiver can be responsible for in a child care setting.

Evaluating the Impact of Pre-Kindergarten for 3-Year-Olds

Aug. 22, 2016

Early childhood is a crucial period for healthy development. Children who experience a stimulating, lower-stress, and loving environment in their first five years typically have better social, cognitive, health, and economic outcomes throughout their lifespan. A key early indicator of future success is whether a child shows up to Kindergarten ready to learn; meaning by age five, the child has the necessary cognitive, developmental, and social-emotional skills that will allow the child to learn and reach her full potential.

Pediatricians on the Frontlines of Poverty

March 10, 2016

When taking your child to the doctor for a well-child visit, the appointment normally includes a physical exam, checking your child’s growth and development, vaccinations, and asking your doctor any questions you may have. Now, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) is recommending that doctors add another component to these visits: screening for poverty.

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation

Oct. 16, 2015

The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why has child wellbeing in the U.S. fallen to 26th out of 29 nations? How does what Paul Kershaw calls the “growing squeeze” on parents and caregivers for time, money, and resources alter the architecture of the developing brain of our infants? What are the potential consequences for individual learning, earning, and mental and physical health? For the future health, prosperity, and equity of the nation? And how might we do better?

Policy Brief: What Do We Know about Pre-K?

Oct. 15, 2015

Growing evidence from evaluations of state and local public pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs across the country have demonstrated that effective pre-K programs can improve child outcomes. Studies suggest that high-quality pre-K programs produce both short- and long-term benefits for children, such as improved kindergarten readiness, reduced rates of grade retention, and less participation in special education programs.