early childhood education

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.

CFRP Event 10/15: Screening of "The Raising of America" with Special Guest Dr. Libby Doggett

Sept. 3, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin
The LBJ School of Public Affairs | Bass Lecture Hall
Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

New Brief: Short-term Savings Associated with Texas Pre-K Nearly $142 Million Per Year

April 29, 2015

Recent analyses of data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that economically disadvantaged children who attended a Texas public pre-kindergarten program (Texas pre-K) are less likely to be retained or participate in special education programs in first, second, or third grades.

CFRP at SRCD 2015

March 20, 2015

The Society for Research in Child Development is holding its biennial meeting this weekend in (not so sunny) Philadelphia. The event is an invaluable multidisciplinary forum for researchers to share and learn about the many facets of child development. CFRP's Dr. Kaeley Bobbitt (Saturday) and Abby Lane (Friday) are there now presenting some great posters, and they would love to talk to you if you're attending. Details are below.

KIDS COUNT: An Amazing Resource for Data About Kids

March 11, 2015

Last week, CFRP faculty and staff attended the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) release of the 2015 State of Texas Children report. CPPP is home to the Texas KIDS COUNT Project, the state level site of the national KIDS COUNT effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.