Early Childhood Research

Research and evaluation are core components of the early childhood field. The Institute has compiled a list of seminal early childhood research that form the foundation of the modern early childhood care and education sector. You will also find here links to new policy papers or reports that highlight the many sectors and professions that touch the lives of young children and their families.

Seminal Early Childhood Research Studies

The High/Scope
Perry Preschool Study

The High/Scope Perry Preschool study identified both the short- and long-term effects of a highquality preschool education program for young children living in poverty.
The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40 [PDF]

The Heckman Equation

Look to Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman's work to understand the great gains to be had by investing in the early and equal development of human potential.
Invest in early childhood development: Reduce deficits, strengthen the economy. [PDF]

The Abecedarian Project

Since its inception in 1972 the Abecedarian Project has become synonymous with positive, long-term effects of high-quality early care and education, particularly with regard to the power of early intervention to surmount some of the disadvantages of poverty.
The Abecedarian Project: High-Quality Early Child Care Has Long-Lasting Effects [PDF]


New Early Childhood Data and Research