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

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
At the Crane Center, we recognize the important contributions to early childhood education — in research, practice, and policy — made by Asian and Pacific Americans, and we are proud to celebrate their history, both past and present, during Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
Survey suggests ongoing need for foundational reading skills instruction
This week in Tuned In: National Day Without Child Care, challenges faced by “mom” legislators, and high-quality math curriculum for kindergartners.
Fall 2024 Crane Research Forums
School-based pre-K, AI use in early education, and looking at child care access through an equity lens are the topics for the Fall 2024 Crane Research Forums.
Transforming child care as a step toward abolishing poverty
This week in Tuned In: Prevention-focused student wellness programs in Ohio, COVID-19 disruptions and young children’s development, and National Teacher Appreciation Week.