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Early Childhood Development

Child Trends researchers study young children from birth through early elementary school with a focus on understanding how the experiences children have across different settings promote optimal development and well-being. Our team works with the federal government, state agencies, communities, and foundations on research, evaluation, and policy projects that address important issues for policymakers, practitioners, and families. We are skilled at developing resources and reports that address complex topics in easy-to-understand terms. We are strong thought partners in addressing a range of early childhood issues.

Much of our work fits into five broad categories.

Featured Projects

Featured Publications

Roadmap for Early Childhood and K–12 Data Linkages: Key Focus Areas to Ensure Quality Implementation

Jan 2016 | Early Childhood Data Collaborative

This roadmap from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative and the Data Quality Campaign describes how state policymakers can support the development of links between early childhood and K-12 data systems.

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Using Coordinated Data Systems to Guide Early Childhood Education Policies

Jan 2016 | Early Childhood Data Collaborative

This short publication details why early childhood investments are a critical issue for policymakers, and what they should know about state coordinated data systems for early childhood.

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Care for Georgia's Infants and Toddlers: Boosting Young Children and Their Parents in the Peach State

Jan 2016 | David Murphey; Mae Cooper

A lack of high-quality early care puts children at risk for poor mental and physical health, behavior problems, school failure, and diminished quality of life into adulthood. How are the nearly 400,000 infants and toddlers in Georgia faring?

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Infants and Toddlers in the District of Columbia: A Statistical Look at Needs and Disparities

Dec 2015 | David Murphey; Mae Cooper

This report reviews the challenges facing the District’s youngest children and their families. We found wide disparities between neighborhoods in terms of development, education, health, and supports. This report was commissioned by the Bainum Family Foundation and produced by Child Trends.

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