Some of our favorite articles & reports

May 03, 2017

Pre-K: Decades Worth Of Studies, One Strong Message

Some of the nation's top researchers who've spent their careers studying early childhood education recently got together in Washington with one goal in mind: to cut through the fog of studies and the endless debates over the benefits of preschool.

They came away with one clear, strong message: Kids who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten than kids who don't.

March 16, 2017

Child Trends: Access and Quality

States are investing in strategies to improve the quality of children’s early care and education experiences and ensure that more young children and their families have access to high-quality programs. Child Trends’ researchers work with the federal government and states to support evaluation and continuous improvement of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). 

February 22, 2017

ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

Did you know that in Florida, 67 percent of jobs pay less than $20 per hour, with three-quarters of those paying less than $15 per hour? Another 27 percent of jobs pay between $20 and $40 per hour? Yet, a bare-minimum Household Survival Budget for a family of four in Indian River County is an annual income of $50,448 according to the newest United Way ALICE Report. That does not include any savings, leaving the household vulnerable to unexpected expenses.


ALICE represents those who work hard and are above the poverty line, but due to high costs and factors often beyond their control, must live paycheck to paycheck. For many, a small emergency can quickly become a major financial crisis. Car repairs and health care emergencies, to name just a few, can plunge these working families over the edge into poverty and financial chaos. When this happens, families, employers, and our economy suffer.

January 03, 2017

Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

One of the most stressful questions a new parent confronts is, "Who's going to take care of my baby when I go back to work?"

Figuring out the answer to that question is often not easy. When NPR, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, surveyed more than 1,000 parents nationwide about their child care experiences, a third reported difficulty finding care.

January 01, 2017

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016

In Florida, single parents pay 64% of their income for center care for 2 children. Married parents of 2 children who live at the poverty line pay nearly 78% of their income for center care. The cost of full-time care in centers and home-based programs for infants is higher than the annual cost of college tuition at a four year college.

December 05, 2016

There’s more to gain by taking a comprehensive approach to early childhood development.

Start at birth, coordinate services into comprehensive early childhood programs and achieve greater economic and social gains. Professor Heckman’s latest research, “The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program,” shows that high quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% per year return on investment—a rate substantially higher than the 7-10% return previously established for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds. Heckman, his University of Chicago colleague Jorge Luis García, Duncan Ermini Leaf of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at University of Southern California, and María José Prados of the Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research at University of Southern California, find that significant gains are realized through better outcomes in education, health, social behaviors and employment.

September 06, 2014

Brain Development - The Big Picture: Five Important Things to Remember

When a baby is born, his brain is just ¼ the size of an adult’s brain. But, he’s got a huge number of neurons –as many an adult… that’s as many as 100 billion neurons. In the nature vs. nurture debate, this is the nature… the raw material your child has to work with.

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