Early Childhood and Child Development
AIR's early childhood development research focuses on the development of programs and policies that aid young children and their families.
We have been instrumental in conducting many large-scale studies of early care and education programs for states and the federal government. We also help design results-based accountability systems for child development programs, including program quality standards, program assessment, and child outcomes.
AIR conducts assessments of supply and demand for early childhood education services. The Early Learning Needs Assessment Tool helps localities in California identify geographic areas of greatest need for new early learning programs. Data is available over time and aggregated to the state legislative district level.
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Transitional kindergarten aims to provide an additional year of early education to California’s youngest students to ensure that they obtain the necessary preparation to succeed in school. This research brief provides an initial glimpse of transitional kindergarten in its first year of statewide implementation.
The Early Learning Needs Assessment Tool can create custom or provide prepared reports using data AIR has collected on the supply and demand for early learning and care for young children, including estimates of those eligible for Title V state programs.
In this video interview, Hans Bos, vice president at AIR, explains how to best use data and design education research to have a real impact on the people and issues studied. In particular, good research should be relevant, valid, and reliable, Bos says.
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