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: Increased maternal employment could lift GDP by $500 billion
This week’s update includes how increased U.S. maternal employment could lift GDP by an estimated $500 billion, estimates on how much states lose from breakdowns in the child care industry, why Ohio’s child care supply is described as “insufficient” in affordability and quality.
Policy Round-Up: A call for more proactively anti-racist scientific methods in early childhood research
This week’s update includes a report estimating 1 in 450 U.S. children lost a parent or caregiver to COVID, an opinion piece by Drs. Iheoma Iruka and Elizabeth Pungello Bruno calling for more anti-racist scientific methods in early childhood research, and research from Crane scientists which found a lack of instructional alignment from pre-to grades ...
Policy Round-Up: Ohio voters say they need reliable child care to go back to work
This week’s update includes a poll commissioned by Groundwork Ohio which found nearly half of parents with children ages 0-5 experienced child care issues impacting their jobs, an estimate from NIEER of the true cost of full-day, high-quality pre-K that pays teachers the equalivalent of K-12 teachers, and research on how everyday tasks can help ...
Policy Round-Up: Columbus City to offer new signing bonuses to early childhood teachers
This week’s update includes results from Action for Children’s Central Ohio Child Care Provider Survey which show that 37% of licensed child care programs have had to raise tuition since July 1, 2021, Columbus City Council allocated federal relief funds toward signing bonuses for early childhood educators, and research which found that found full-day pre-K ...