The Early Care and Education Leadership Study seeks to fill definitional and measurement gaps in order to help the early childhood field understand how effective leaders can improve quality experiences for children in early care and education settings.
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.
Early Care and Education Leadership Study (ExCELS)
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.
Emily Sama-Miller specializes in systematic evidence and literature reviews, implementation and process evaluation, and analysis of administrative data for human services programs.Featured ProjectsFeatured Publications
- Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Pilot Projects in Increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation Among the Medicare Extra Help Population (Summary)
- Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Pilot Projects in Increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation Among Medicare's Extra Help Population
- Early Childhood
- Early Childhood Systems
- Systematic Evidence Reviews
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Nutrition Assistance Programs
- Human Services