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

Policy Round-Up: New legislative proposals fund prenatal care, limit school funding cuts
This week’s update includes an increase in Ohioans experiencing food insecurity, new legislation including funding prenatal care and limiting school funding cuts, and research examining home-based learning activities. 
Policy Round-Up: The latest "state of babies" yearbook is out
This week’s update includes resources on the history of Juneteenth, the 2020 “state of babies” yearbook, and new legislation related to Ohio schools reopening.
Celebrating the Contributions of our Faculty Fellows
Every year, Crane Center’s faculty fellows contribute to the field of early childhood education and research through high-quality research and by mentoring students, staff, and early career researchers. Take a look at their achievements during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Policy Round-Up: Racism named a public health crisis
This week’s update includes the City of Columbus declares racism a public health crisis, the role of scool resource officers, and research on teacher bias.