Local, National Research on Early Childhood Continues to Refine Practices to Help Children Succeed
Exciting research in the early childhood field continues to educate us about babies' brain growth and development, and what children need to grow into productive adults who contribute to their communities and are able to successfully parent the next generation.
Here's a snapshot of three studies taking place in Nebraska and nationally.
'Learning Frontiers' Looking at PreK to Grade 3
UNL researchers are coordinating a national study on factors that promote early learning and development in children from preschool to third grade. The Nebraska team is exploring unique factors contributing to outcomes for children living in rural and urban communities. The national study will have implications for educational practice and policy.
'Magic 8' Practices Impact Student Success
Researchers at Vanderbilt University have identified eight key teacher actions that have a large effect on preschool children's success. Data was collected on 840 children over two years in 26 preschool classrooms. Among the factors impacting student success are time spent in transition, participating in sequential activities and increased teacher listening.
Benefits of Quality Early Education Persist
A new study by the American Educational Research Association found that participation in high-quality early childhood education has lasting effects in three areas: increased high school graduation rates, reduced special education placement and reduced instances of grade retention.
Watch for registration information
early in 2018
CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood: Creating Connections Among Research, Practice & Policy
: April 25, 2018
Dr. Hirsh-Pasek has a strong interest in bridging the research-to-practice gap. Her research interests are in early language development and infant cognition.
The summit will include a keynote address, break-out sessions, a poster session and reception.
Sponsors: Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, First Five Nebraska and UNL's College of Education and Human Sciences