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: Major federal shifts in child policy
This week’s update includes major federal shifts in child and family policy, how home-based providers in particular have been devastated by the pandemic, and an article suggesting that the pandemic deserves credit for raising awareness of early childhood’s importance.
CRANE RESEARCH FORUM RECAP: Understanding the Transition to Kindergarten and Factors that Influence it
Our April Crane Research Forum explored Dr. Kelly Purtell’s research on the relationship between the kindergarten transition and factors which influence this important time for young children.
Policy Round-Up: New federal child care funds, Nan Whaley's announcement, and research on audio-books
This week’s update includes data from 2020 which found that as many as 11 million children could be living in homes without enough food, new federal investments in child care, and new research on using audio-books to improve preschoolers’ vocabulary.
OSU’s Early Head Start Partnership Program awarded $10 million expansion grant to serve more central Ohio children and families
The OSU Early Head Start Partnership Program was awarded an additional $10 million from a federal expansion grant, which allows them to build upon and expand vital services supporting the health, learning, and well-being of young children and families in central Ohio. Read on to learn how this will impact even more families in our ...