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 statewide assessments of supply and demand for preschool and infant/toddler services. Our Preschool Cost Estimator helps determine the funds needed to phase in quality programs, beginning in neighborhoods of greatest need.
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AIR's County Preschool Cost Estimator is a user-friendly tool to assess the cost of phasing in access to preschool. While the tool is designed to focus on the cost of preschool at the local level, you can also use it to estimate the cost statewide.
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.
Supported by federal funds, California is developing a comprehensive statewide plan for an integrated early learning system, the California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (CCELP). In support of the development of this plan, AIR compiled a report describing statistics on the condition of children in California, and analyzing existing research and recommendations on the state’s early childhood services.
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