Early Childhood Projects
Early Childhood Policy Research
Mathematica evaluates programs designed to improve the well-being of young children and their families, particularly those at greatest risk in our society. The projects reviewed here illustrate the diversity of themes we address, the range of clients we serve, and the breadth of our early childhood and family research. Read more about our work in the early childhood area.
FACES 2009 Data Tables and Report
"Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Children’s Progress During Head Start." This report describes the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development of children who take part in the Head Start program. Focusing on children who first entered Head Start in fall 2009 and completed one or two years of the program before starting kindergarten, the authors examined progress in children’s outcomes between Head Start entry and exit. Data for the report come from the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), a periodic longitudinal study of Head Start funded by the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation in the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Data tables. Fact sheet.
Does High Quality Early Care and Education Link to Stronger Child Outcomes?
Mathematica is exploring the associations between quality and outcomes, examining whether certain thresholds of quality or dosage need to be met, or particular aspects of quality need to be present, before linkages appear. Read about the study.
Society for Research in Child Development Special Topic Meeting—Strengthening Connections Among Child and Family Research, Policy and Practice—Alexandria, VA—April 3-5, 2014
Head Start National Birth to Five Leadership Institute—Data Driven Leadership: Your Role in School Readiness—National Harbor, MD—April 28-30, 2013
Society for Research in Child Development—Seattle, WA—April 18-20, 2013
Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) Webinar—Validating Quality Rating and Improvement Systems—March 15, 2012
"Effectively Using QRIS Data and Research to Inform Program Design and Management: Sharing New Tools and State Experiences"—Webinar—Center for Improving Research Evidence—November 10, 2011
"Resources for Measuring Services and Outcomes in Head Start Programs Serving Infants and Toddlers" (April 2003, revised September 2011)