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.

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Recent News

Policy Round-Up: Many parents still unsure on child care plans
This week’s update includes a survey indicating many parents still don’t have child care plans for the fall, a survey of Ohio teachers reveals an overwhelming majority are not comfortable returning to school, and more on learning pods as they begin to take shape for the fall.
Policy Round-Up: Differing views on "care" v. "education" create challenges for early care sector
This week’s update includes estimates of Ohio child care providers that plan to close if further public assistance isn’t received, an order requiring that all K-12 students must wear masks when returning to school, and our executive director pens the final essay in a three-part series on how to fix America’s broken child care system. ...
Policy Round-Up: Ohio child care ratios set to return to normal
This week’s update includes Ohio child care ratios can return to normal on August 9, Columbus City’s decision to go all-virtual for the new school year, and families continue to struggle with balancing child care and work responsibilities.
Policy Round-Up: City of Columbus to help CCS buy more laptops
This week’s update includes Columbus City gives Columbus City Schools $7M for Chromebook laptops, more on the increasing demands of pandemic parenting, and a roundup of research on book giveaway programs, like Ohio’s own Imagination Library.