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School Readiness Report Card
Wilder Research, October 2013, 44 pp.
The 2010 Minnesota Legislature directed Minnesota’s Early Childhood Advisory Council to make recommendations on the creation and implementation of a statewide School Readiness Report Card to monitor the state’s progress toward the goal of having all children ready for kindergarten by the year 2020. Reports describe the process used to develop report card indicators and measure progress toward the goal. more info >
The Negative Effects of Instability on Child Development: A Research Synthesis
Urban Institute, September 2013, 57 pp.
This paper reviews and synthesizes research on five areas of instability: family income, parental employment, family structure, housing and the out-of-home contexts of school and child care. It also discusses some of the key pathways through which instability may affect child development and recommendations for policy and practice to alleviate instability's impact. more info >
Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives
Zero to Three, Child Trends, September 2013, 67 pp.
Presents results of a survey of state child welfare agencies about the policies and practices that guide their work in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. more info >
Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners
Institute of Museum and Library Services, June 2013, 52 pp.
This report promotes the inclusion of libraries and museums as early learning resources and partners in creating comprehensive early learning strategies. more info >
Wilder Research, April 2013, 26 pp.
Generation Next is an initiative committed to closing the achievement gap among Twin Cities’ low-income students and students of color. It is a partnership of education, community, government, and business organizations dedicated to accelerating educational achievement for all our children – from early childhood to early college and career. Reports provide baseline data for Generation Next goals, strategies for improving student college and career readiness, an analysis of the local landscape of college and career readiness programming, views by local leaders on the strengths and gaps in local college and career readiness efforts, and effective strategies for early literacy intervention. more info >
Starting out right: Pre-k and kindergarten
The Center for Public Education, November 2011
To determine what combination of early childhood education programs has the greatest impact on student achievement, this report examined the combinations of pre-k and full- or half-day kindergarten. more info >
Child care & early education research connections
Promotes high-quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. Includes reports, data, a database of instruments, information on policies, and links to other resources. more info >
Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Presents state and national data on children's health. Indicators include: overall health status, asthma, socio-emotional difficulties, preventive health and dental care, early childhood experience, repetition of grade, reading, and attending religious services. more info >