How our work is making a difference


The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy is a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to conducting high-quality research that improves children’s learning and development at home, in school and in the community.

Our Work

Our work ranges from multi-year, federally funded projects that examine outcomes of thousands of children and families, to program evaluation work in our state, to smaller scale analyses and briefs meant to inform policy makers and practitioners.

Recent News

Crane in the news: Ohio's third-grade reading guarantee
Ohio news outlets recently looked to the Crane Center for expertise on Ohio’s third-grade reading guarantee in light of new proposed state legislation.
Research Highlight: May 2022
Research highlight featuring Crane Center authors on the variation of preschool experience.
Policy Round Up: Direct cash payments to families can have long-term positive effects
This week’s update includes the Franklin County RISE program, citations of the Crane third-grade reading guarantee white paper, and a policy brief examining the effects of direct cash payments to families.
Policy Round Up: Head Start facing workforce crisis
This week’s update includes crisis in the Head Start workforce, emergency legislation consideration to deal with the infant formula shortage, and a webinar on quality in early childhood education.