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.
Sarah Avellar's research interests include early childhood and family support.Featured Projects
- Promoting Safe and Stable Families: Regional Partnership Grants National Cross-Site Evaluation
- How Effective Is Home Visiting?
- On Equal Footing: The Importance of Baseline Equivalence in Measuring Program Effectiveness
- What Isn't There Matters: Attrition and Randomized Controlled Trials
- Early Childhood
- Family Support
- Child Development
- Child Welfare
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood