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.
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Mathematica evaluates early childhood policies and programs, providing the evidence to support provision of high quality services for children from birth to age five. From systematic reviews of the effectiveness of home visiting programs to behavioral interventions that encourage parents to read with their children every day, we partner with federal, state, and local decision makers to help shape the key questions and extract actionable evidence to help early childhood leaders make progress.
Over more than 50 years, Mathematica has partnered with a wide range of funders providing early care and education to families and communities. Our expertise ranges from improving the credentials of infant–toddler caregivers through one-on-one mentoring to designing adaptive developmental assessments for preschoolers. We help those funding and implementing early care programs to augment and reimagine the ways they gather and use data to make the most of available funding streams. We draw from a toolbox ranging from rapid-learning approaches to complex random assignment evaluations. Regardless of approach, we bring rigor and objectivity to deciding what to do next.
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.
Julieta Lugo-Gil studies the effects of early childhood education, parenting programs, and policy on children and families. Her areas of expertise include early education and programs and policies aimed to support the well-being of low-income and immigrant families.Featured Projects
- Expanding the Use and Understanding of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
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- Updated Findings from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review: April 2013 Through July 2014
- Updated Findings from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review: January 2011 Through April 2013
- Early Childhood
- Child Development
- Quality Measurement