Early Childhood

Child Trends researchers study young children from birth through early elementary school, and focus on understanding how early childhood experiences across different educational and care settings set the stage for children’s development and well-being. Beyond using a racial equity lens in our research, we embed equity into each decision we make to address the systemic, discriminatory structures and policies that negatively impact children of color.

Our team works with the federal government, state agencies, communities, and foundations on research, evaluation, and policy projects. We often work with families and the early childhood workforce as focal populations in our research, and we use culturally relevant and appropriate measures and methods to share their perspectives. We also value clear communication, and our resources and reports address complex topics in easy-to-understand terms. Finally, we are true thought partners to policymakers and practitioners as we help them address a range of early childhood issues and translate research into actions that can improve the lives of young children.

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