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: Child care not just a workforce support, but vital for children's development
This week’s update includes the second part in a three-part series from our executive director on “Our broken child care system and how to fix it”, the state’s draft plans to reopen schools, and what child care programs need to consider when allowed to open on May 31st.
Policy Round-Up: Ohio child care centers can reopen May 31
This week’s update includes details on Ohio’s child care reopening, a draft plan for reopening Ohio’s K-12 schools, and a very relevant NYT article that’s “sick of asking children to be resilient”.
Policy Round-Up: Ohio announces state budget cuts
This week’s update includes details on Ohio’s impending budget cuts, a new series on the state of our child care system penned by our executive director, and predictions on what the return to schooling will look like.
Policy Round-Up: Ohio leaders discuss reopening, but who’s minding the kids?
This week’s update includes estimated potential loss of child care slots post-pandemic, a Columbus City Schools task force to plan a post-coronavirus opening, and concerns about child care as parents begin to return to work.