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.

Meet Our Staff

Recent News

The economic benefits of investing in child care
This week in Tuned In: rural child care, one state’s ROI from investments, and child tax credits.
Child poverty rates are increasing
This week in Tuned In: child poverty, a new Crane policy chat, and examples to learn from.
Thousands of Ohio children are losing Medicaid coverage
This week in Tuned In: healthcare and education, innovative programs, and new research on teacher turnover.
CRANE RESEARCH FORUM RECAP – Big Little Leap: Challenges and Possibilities in the Kindergarten Transition
Dr. Laura Justice and Dr. Kelly Purtell discuss a theoretical framework for understanding the kindergarten transition and its challenges.