Early-Childhood Research

Science Storytime, Meet Number Play: Early Math in the Home Matters for Later Skills
Preschool-age children who frequently play number-related games at home show better math skills and growth by the end of kindergarten, finds a new study in the journal Child Development.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 10, 2020
3 min read
Early Childhood Video Academic Redshirting, and Why It’s Not So Simple
It's the time of year for students to go back to school, but some 5-year-olds won't be making the transition to kindergarten. What’s known as academic redshirting has become a more popular option, most often for upper middle class parents. This is when parents hold their child back from kindergarten by a year. Required school entry varies across the U.S., and in 42 states attendance is mandatory at age 6 or later. Academic redshirting has benefits and disadvantages on a child’s development that parents should keep in mind. Advantages may include higher passing rates on exams and being more attentive in classes. Disadvantages may include an increase in classroom difficulty for both students and teachers due to age gaps between students and self-esteem issues. Research shares pros and cons on academic redshirting but there are still no clear results. Before considering the option to hold a child back from elementary school, teachers at a child’s preschool may be helpful in deciding if the practice of academic redshirting may be the right option.
August 27, 2019
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Early Childhood How's Your Local Head Start Performing? Sampling Classrooms May Not Be Enough
Individual Head Start classrooms vary enough in quality that the ratings of more than a third of centers could change by random chance, a new study finds. The results suggest those looking to improve the early education centers need to target support to individual teachers, not just to whole-school training.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 18, 2019
3 min read
School & District Management Like Father, Like Son: Preschool Benefits Cross Generations, Says Landmark Study
More than 50 years after research began on the Perry Preschool program, the ongoing study finds that the benefits are crossing generations. Can preschool break the poverty cycle?
Sarah D. Sparks, May 14, 2019
6 min read
Early Childhood State-Funded Pre-K Sees Slow Enrollment Growth, Says New National Report
It would take years at the current growth rate for state-funded preschool to enroll half of the nation's 4-year-olds, the National Institute for Early Education Reseach says.
Christina A. Samuels, April 17, 2019
2 min read
Early Childhood Algebra for 3rd Graders?
When it comes to algebra, new research at the American Educational Research Association suggests you can't start too early.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 8, 2019
4 min read
Early Childhood New Report Ranks Which States Give Babies the Strongest Start in Life
A new report ranks the best and worst states for babies based on how those children fare in terms of health, strong families and opportunities for early learning.
Marva Hinton, March 1, 2019
3 min read
Early Childhood Reading Aloud and 'Exergaming': A Roundup of Early-Years Research
Two recent studies take a look at how often parents are reading to young children and the impact of exercise-related video games on boosting preschoolers physical activity.
Marva Hinton, February 19, 2019
4 min read
Early Childhood Child Care Provides Nearly $100 Billion Economic Impact, New Report Finds
A new report by the Committee for Economic Development finds that in addition to allowing parents to work, child care itself has a big economic footprint.
Marva Hinton, February 11, 2019
2 min read
Early Childhood Many Large City Pre-K Programs Fail to Meet Quality Benchmarks, Study Finds
A new study finds that the majority of city pre-K programs in the nation's 40 largest cities fall short on a research organization's yardsticks, and 40 percent fail to reach more than 30 percent of the 4-year-old population.
Marva Hinton, January 23, 2019
3 min read
Early Childhood New Study Finds Strong School Climate Key to Effective Early Learning
A new study finds that several factors that can be measured through surveys of teachers, staff members, and parents reliably predict the effectiveness of an early-childhood education.
Marva Hinton, January 22, 2019
4 min read
Early Childhood Work Needed to Improve Efficiency of Early-Ed Programs, Report Says
The Bipartisan Policy Center's state-by-state analysis of the administration of federal early-childhood education programs found inefficiencies and recommended that governors call in outside experts for help.
Marva Hinton, December 21, 2018
4 min read
Early Childhood Long-Term Study of Universal Preschool in Quebec Yields Sobering Outcomes
Researchers who found early negative impacts of participating in a universal child-care program in Quebec have shown that those impacts continue once children enter school and adolescence.
Christina A. Samuels, December 19, 2018
2 min read
Children rest during nap time at a preschool in Hughes, Ark. New research finds that naps help many young children remember what they are learning in school.
Children rest during nap time at a preschool in Hughes, Ark. New research finds that naps help many young children remember what they are learning in school.
Karen Pulfer Focht for Education Week
School & District Management Nap Time Boosts Learning, Studies Say
Studies are finding that, for many young children, afternoon naps are crucial for consolidating memories and learning.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 11, 2018
4 min read