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: How the "care economy" might impact elections
This week update includes ways to talk to children about traumatic news events, the effects of the pandemic on children’s mental health, and Ohio schools slated to receive an additional $2 billion in emergency federal funding.
Policy-Round-Up: Special edition: A look ahead at childhood-related policy hopes for 2021
This week’s update includes a look ahead to the four things we’ll be paying attention to in 2021: whether we can overcome (or at least move the needle on) “scarcity thinking”, changes to schooling delivery and learning priorities, the role of stress, and race and racism.
2020 Impact Report
The immense ways in which 2020 has challenged and tested us also served as a reckoning, of sorts, in understanding the critical role of education and the essential work of educators. With much work to be done as we rebuild from the fallout of the pandemic and national spotlight of racial injustice, 2020 also showed ...
Policy Round-Up: Advocates say child care workers should be prioritized for vaccines
This week’s update includes younger students experiencing the “COVID slide”, why play is more important than ever, and advocates are saying child care workers should be prioritized for vaccines.