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Burchinal Margaret, Garber Kylie, Foster Tiffany, Bratsch-Hines Mary E., Franco Ximena, Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Q2 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Although high-quality early care and education (ECE) is widely accepted as one of the most effective means for promoting early learning and development, many ECE programs have limited impact perhaps because of issues with how ECE quality is…

Pianta Robert C., Purtell Kelly M., McCormick Meghan P., Knoche Lisa, Burchinal Margaret, Ludvik Dana, Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Spring 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

The experiences and learning opportunities children are exposed to in pre-K give them a boost as they enter school. However, the positive effects of pre-K attendance on children’s academic and cognitive skills become smaller and sometimes…

Cohen-Vogel Lora, Little Michael, Jang Wonkyung, Burchinal Margaret, Bratsch-Hines Mary E., January-December 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Policy observers have expressed concern over whether misalignment between pre-K and K–12 has negative consequences for children. This study considers students’ exposure to redundant content across the pre-K and kindergarten years. Specifically, it…
Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Soliday-Hong Sandra, Yazejian Noreen, Zadrozny Sabrina, Burchinal Margaret, December, 2020
Reports & Papers
This Impact Study examined the effects of participation in PA PKC on children’s early academic, social, and executive function skills in kindergarten. In particular, the study focused on whether there were differences in performance for children…
Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Soliday-Hong Sandra, Yazejian Noreen, Zadrozny Sabrina, Burchinal Margaret, December, 2020
Executive Summary
This Impact Study examined the effects of participation in PA PKC on children’s early academic, social, and executive function skills in kindergarten. In particular, the study focused on whether there were differences in performance for children…
Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Burchinal Margaret, Soliday-Hong Sandra, Yazejian Noreen, Shelton-Ormond Anna, Foster Tiffany, December, 2020
Reports & Papers
The Implementation Study was designed to examine local variations in the statewide implementation of PA PKC in relation to the program regulations and early learning standards. The study entailed surveys with three groups of families (current PA PKC…
Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Burchinal Margaret, Soliday-Hong Sandra, Yazejian Noreen, Shelton-Ormond Anna, Foster Tiffany, December, 2020
Executive Summary
The Implementation Study was designed to examine local variations in the statewide implementation of PA PKC in relation to the program regulations and early learning standards. The study entailed surveys with three groups of families (current PA PKC…
Foster Tiffany, Burchinal Margaret, Yazejian Noreen, Nov/Dec 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Grouping children of different ages in the same preschool classroom (i.e., mixed age) is widespread, but the evidence supporting this practice is mixed. A factor that may play a role in the relation between classroom age composition and child…
Castro Dina Carmela, Hammer Carol Scheffner, Franco Ximena, Cycyk Lauren M., Scarpino Shelly E., Burchinal Margaret, November 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The diversity of experiences among bilingual children is reflected in the variability of abilities in each of their languages. This paper describes the CECER-DLL Child and Family, and Teacher Questionnaires and discusses the utility of these…

Yazejian Noreen, Bryant Donna M., Kuhn Laura J., Burchinal Margaret, Horm Diane M., Hans Sydney L., File Nancy, Jackson Barbara, Q4 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The effectiveness of Educare, a center-based early education program, in improving child outcomes at age 3 was evaluated in a randomized clinical trial. Educare programs serve children from birth to age 5 and are designed to reduce the achievement…
Lipscomb Stephen, Shoji Megan, Terziev Jeffrey, Vogel Cheri, Aikens Nikki, Snyder Patricia A., Burchinal Margaret, August, 2020
Reports & Papers
The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 governs how states and public agencies provide educational services to eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. One piece of IDEA authorizes grants to…
Kuhfeld Megan, Soland James, Pitts Christine, Burchinal Margaret, August/September 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Students' level of academic skills at school entry are a strong predictor of later academic success, and focusing on improving these skills during the preschool years has been a priority during the past 10 years. Evidence from two prior nationally…
Hammer Carol Scheffner, Burchinal Margaret, Soliday-Hong Sandra, LaForett Dore R., Paez Mariela M., Buysse Virginia, Espinosa Linda M., Castro Dina Carmela, Lopez Lisa M., Q2 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Over 30% of children in the U.S. are dual language learners (DLLs) who are learning two languages. Understanding the development of both languages for young DLL children in early care and education is critical. However, few have simultaneously…
Soliday-Hong Sandra, Sabol Terri J., Burchinal Margaret, Tarullo Louisa B., Zaslow Martha, Peisner-Feinberg Ellen S., Q4 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Practice and policy in early childhood education rely heavily on professional expertise and guidelines developed from research on early care and education (ECE) quality, but these guidelines have not been extensively researched. Data from six large…
Kuhfeld Megan, Soland James, Pitts Christine, Burchinal Margaret, September, 2019
Reports & Papers
Students' level of academic skills at school entry are a strong predictor of later academic success, and focusing on improving these skills during the preschool years has been a priority during the past ten years. Evidence from two prior nationally…