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Early Childhood

A high-quality preschool experience can help close achievement gaps. Federal, state, and local programs and policies are being designed to promote the healthy development of young children and to reduce academic deficits in early childhood education, which can begin before kindergarten. Collecting, analyzing, and applying high-quality information is critical to guide and improve programs and policies.

The Early Childhood Program at SRI's Center for Learning & Development helps policymakers, funders, and practitioners improve the implementation and effectiveness of these programs and policies through its early childhood education research services and products. The program also supports accountability efforts to verify that public and private funds are invested wisely.

Research in early childhood education has shown that new media, including videos and computer games, also have a potentially important role in supporting learning in early childhood. Research from SRI's Center for Technology in Learning shows how, through the joint engagement of children and their caregivers, new media can address important needs, such as improving poor students' early reading and science skills.

Projects

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Enhancement of a K-3 Formative Assessment

SRI is working with two research partners and a 10-state consortium to enhance and implement a developmentally appropriate K-3 formative assessment that will fit within and inform everyday classroom instruction.

teacher working with kindergarten students on a project

Independent Evaluation of the Social Impact Bond-funded Child-Parent Center Expansion Project

SRI Education is evaluating the use of social impact bonds in early childhood.

mother holding her baby

RISE Home Visiting Evaluation

SRI Education will provide much-needed information on what it takes to support home visiting programs and staff so they can provide the most effective services possible to children and families.

kindergarten students listening to a story read by a teacher

Policy & Program Studies: Kindergarten Entry Assessment Case Studies

SRI documented the processes, accomplishments, challenges, and solutions of four states implementing KEAs and to share results with federal and state policymakers.