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

Crane Research Forum recap: Hiring Child Care Teachers What Do Providers Want & What External Factors Influence Preferences?
Dr. Casey Boyd-Swan of Kent State University discusses her research on early childhood care and education providers’ preferences when hiring. Watch the presentation or read our recap for a summary and key findings.
This week’s update includes an opinion piece on the toll of mass incarceration on young children, a new Groundwork Ohio report on Ohio’s early childhood workforce, and an increase in coronavirus cases is causing delays to the return to in-person schooling.
RECAP: 2020 Symposium on Children
Get an in-depth look at the Crane Center’s 2020 Symposium on Children: Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist Practices in Early Childhood Education. Check out this go-to page of highlights, materials, recordings and resources to help you on your journey toward anti-bias and anti-racism.
Policy Round-Up: New report urges Ohio to do better on lead poisoning prevention
This week’s update includes a new Groundwork Ohio report urging Ohio to do better on lead poisoning prevention, an op-ed from Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner on investing in young children, and new research suggesting that family wealth, not income, should be used by education researchers when examining gaps in achievement or opportunity.