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

Research Highlights: April 2022
Research highlights featuring Crane Center authors and affiliates, including research studies and awards.
Columbus City Council hosts talk on early care and education in Franklin County
Columbus City Council invited local businesses and early childhood advocates to discuss the lagging early childhood education and care in Franklin County.
Policy Round-Up: End of universal free school lunches likely to exacerbate childhood food insecurity
This week’s update includes what the end of universal free school lunches means for childhood food insecurity and a new Franklin County initiative to fund early learning scholarships, financial incentives for child care providers, and child care workers. 
CRANE RESEARCH FORUM RECAP: Changes in Alcohol Use and Parenting Behaviors during COVID-19
The April 2022 Crane Center Research Forum featured Dr. Bridget Freisthler, professor of social work at The Ohio State University.