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.
Early care and education programs seek new strategies to improve children’s learning and development. Mathematica is a leader in studying how investments in early learning initiatives can affect children’s success in school and later life as well as family well-being. We have led the longtitudinal evaluation of Early Head Start, and continue to study the development of children served by Head Start through the FACES and Baby FACES studies, of children served by the Los Angeles universal preschool initiative (UPCOS), and of children enrolled in comprehensive educational programs sponsored by the Harlem Children’s Zone.
Developing a Policy Research Agenda for Low-Income Families with Young Children
American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES)
Mathematica conducted AI/AN FACES 2015, the first national descriptive study of children and families in Region XI Head Start programs. Again in AI/AN FACES 2019, Mathematica will assess the strengths and service needs of children and families in Region XI.
Soma Umenye, Literacy Enhanced Across Rwanda Now
The Soma Umenye program, formerly known as Literacy Enhanced Across Rwanda Now (LEARN), aims to improve local language reading skills of children in the first three years of primary school. It is being implemented in all public and public-assisted primary schools in Rwanda in three phases.
Tanzania Early Childhood Learning Agenda
Quality pre-primary education is seen as the cornerstone of an effective education strategy in Tanzania. The Tanzania Primary Education Development Plan III (PEDP) 2012–2016 and the new draft, Education Sector Development Plan 2016/2017–2020/2021, articulate core priorities and strategic direction.
Evaluation of the Early Learning Mathematics Initiative
As school districts grapple with the challenge of preparing students for college and a career, early mathematics education has emerged as an area ripe for quality improvement.
Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey: Baby FACES 2018
Mathematica has launched a new five-year descriptive study of Early Head Start, the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES 2018), to guide program technical assistance, management, and policy.
Using Rapid-Cycle Techniques to Spur and Test Innovation: The Early Learning Lab
The Early Learning Lab is a new venture designed to catalyze the innovation and learning needed to support great teaching and caregiving for all young children. The lab uses new tools and approaches in partnership with others to design, test, and promote the large-scale adoption of effective and...
Learning About Infant and Toddler Early Education Services (LITES): Identifying What Works
This project sought to identify effective models of early care and education services for infants and toddlers by reviewing the evidence on current and emerging programs.
Harlem Children's Zone Longitudinal Study
This longitudinal study, which Mathematica began conducting in spring 2010, examines children’s outcomes and school experiences as they progress from early childhood programs and through Promise Academy charter schools and Harlem Children’s Zone collaborative classrooms.
Improving Practice: The Study of Coaching Practices in Early Care and Education (SCOPE)
This study aims to move the field toward consensus on the core features of coaching for teachers and caregivers in early childhood education.
Early Learning Strategy: Informal Caregivers Research Project
Mathematica's study for the Packard Foundation is identifying caregivers who provide informal child care in California, learning about their needs for support, and evaluating promising approaches to enhance the quality of children’s experiences in these settings.
Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES)
The Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) is designed to be a rich source of data describing the experiences of children and their families in Early Head Start.
Analysis of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011
Mathematica analyzed baseline data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 to identify the knowledge and skills that children have when they first enter school.
Head Start: The Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES)
Mathematica conducted the 2006 and 2009 FACES studies, and, for the most recent studies (2014-2018 and 2019), redesigned FACES to provide key data more rapidly and with greater frequency and to help researchers examine more complex issues and topics in greater detail and efficiency.
Using Progress Monitoring in Early Childhood Education: Assessing Methods and Developing an Evidence-Based Model
This study involved designing a multi-method measure to understand how teachers implement and use ongoing assessment to individualize instruction.