Small Child

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

Parent Aware: Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System: Executive Summary

Feb 2016 | Kathryn Tout; Jennifer Cleveland; Weilin Li; Rebecca Starr; Margaret Soli; Erin Bultinck

Parent Aware is Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system for child care programs. We studied Parent Aware to determine whether its ratings are fair, accurate, and meaningful.

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Parent Aware: Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System: Initial Validation Brief

Feb 2016 | Kathryn Tout; Jennifer Cleveland; Weilin Li; Rebecca Starr; Margaret Soli; Erin Bultinck

Parent Aware is Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system for child care programs. We studied Parent Aware to determine whether its ratings are fair, accurate, and meaningful.

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Parent Aware: Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System: Initial Validation Report

Feb 2016 | Kathryn Tout; Jennifer Cleveland; Weilin Li; Rebecca Starr; Margaret Soli; Erin Bultinck

Parent Aware is Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system for child care programs. We studied Parent Aware to determine whether its ratings are fair, accurate, and meaningful.

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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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