Mathematica is conducting this study to provide new information on preschool special education programs and inform policymakers and educators about promising practices to improve outcomes for preschool children with disabilities.
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.
Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices
Developing a Policy Research Agenda for Low-Income Families with Young Children
Research shows that the earliest years of life are a critical period of human development. Young children’s earliest relationships and experiences have a strong influence on brain development and a child’s future health and well-being.
Lara Hulsey has more than 20 years of policy research experience and extensive expertise in conducting quantitative and qualitative evaluations of programs serving low-income families, including nutrition, education, and early childhood programs.Featured ProjectsFeatured Publications
- Year 2 Demonstration Impacts of Using Medicaid Data to Directly Certify Students for Free School Meals: Final Evaluation Report (Summary)
- Evaluation of Demonstrations of National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Direct Certification of Children Receiving Medicaid Benefits: Year 1 Report (Summary)
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
- Food Security and Hunger
- School Reform
- Early Childhood
- Systematic Evidence Reviews
live in a household in which the primary language spoken to them is not English.