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Making Early Childhood Research Accessible

Turning an Overwhelming Amount of Research into Usable Information

The world of early childhood education is much talked about these days, but it’s not always well-understood. Sometimes it may seem like there are more research articles on preschool than there are four-year-olds in classrooms. No matter your level of experience in the field, the sheer amount of research out there can be overwhelming.

Enter: The Future of Children.

Produced by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Princeton) and the Brookings Institution, The Future of Children is a research journal that distills social science research into usable information. It brings together a wide variety of research on a topic and returns with a balanced picture that doesn’t require a PhD to understand.

Addressing everything from Head Start to third grade literacy scores..., this journal will prove to be a valuable resource in the early childhood field.

The most recent edition of The Future of Children, released October 26, 2016, does just this with the broad array of research on early childhood. It contains ten distinct articles addressing some of the biggest questions in early childhood today: Does preschool work? How should we be training and paying our educators? What works for children with disabilities and children learning English? What does “high quality” education mean?

The end result is: Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade. Addressing everything from Head Start to third grade literacy scores to neurocognitive functioning, this journal will prove to be a valuable resource in the early childhood field.