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 Childhood Systems
We are conducting studies to help states and communities bridge the gaps that exist in the fragmented array of services available to support families raising young children. Our evaluation of the Regional Partnership Grants (RPG) program is examining supports available to increase the well-being of children who are in, or at risk of, out-of-home placements as a result of a parent or caretaker’s substance abuse. We are also evaluating the effects of home visiting programs in improving birth outcomes for women who are enrolled in Medicaid and are at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, as well as in reducing child maltreatment and achieving other family and child outcomes. And we have been at the forefront in helping researchers and policymakers understand how Head Start programs operate, and how they can better serve parents and children. We are launching a new ACF-funded study of partnerships between Early Head Start programs and community-based child care providers, seeking to improve the quality of services for infants and toddlers.
Developing a Policy Research Agenda for Low-Income Families with Young Children
Evaluation of the Roma Parenting Support Projects in Serbia
On this project we provided support to the Results for Development Institute in developing an appropriate evaluation design for the Roma parenting program evaluation sponsored by the Open Society Foundations.
Promoting Safe and Stable Families: Regional Partnership Grants National Cross-Site Evaluation
Mathematica is conducting a cross-site evaluation and providing evaluation technical assistance to partnerships that are working with families in which children are at risk for maltreatment due to a parent or caretaker’s potential substance use dependence.
A National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
The goal of this study is to learn how the partnerships are formed and operated, including how partnerships deliver high quality and comprehensive services to infants, toddlers, and their families.