Our policy team shares four things that they will be paying attention to in 2021 regarding early childhood policy. They are careful to note, these are not* predictions (after what 2020 taught us about making predictions for the year).
The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy is partnering with the City of Columbus and Future Ready Columbus to conduct a study on the Early Care and Education Landscape in Franklin County (“Landscape Study”).
The Landscape Study aims to identify salient early care and education experiences for children under the age of five in Franklin County. This includes participation in formal and informal care arrangements, caregiver beliefs and practices, and home learning activities and experience. The study also hopes to identify barriers and enablers to early care and education for families in the Columbus area.
There are many misconceptions about school absenteeism. This new study from the Crane Center shows that early absences do matter, and in ways we may not have considered. Read here for a summary of the findings and for a link to the full published research.
Recognizing the potential growing crisis for Ohio families from the coronavirus pandemic, our researchers designed a rapid-response study of family conditions during COVID-19. This white paper shares their preliminary findings offer valuable information about the social, economic, and psychosocial impacts.
Do neighborhood affect parenting practices? Most of the literature around how neighborhoods influence parenting looks at families with older children; a new Crane study studied this influence for families with infants. In our highlights of this research, we also share a possible action step based on the findings.
Biting commonly occurs between 4 months and three years of age. Although biting is normal, young children require support to find alternative, safe behaviors to replace biting. We present three approaches for helping prevent and respond to biting, and a practice example.
Tantrums are episodes of crying, hitting, kicking, throwing objects, or falling to the floor. Tantrums are common and can be developmentally appropriate. They can also occur due to limited coping or language skills, efforts to seek attention or get their way, or avoid activities. We present three approaches for helping prevent and de-escalate tantrums.
Given that children literally have the metabolism and energy levels of well-trained endurance athletes, asking them to sit still all day is against their very nature. Evidence suggests that it is also less effective for learning—as it turns out, recess is as important as math and reading.
Policy-makers must update Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards to reflect the “Active Start” guidelines set by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) and require that early childhood programs meet these guidelines for ongoing licensure and accreditation.
Runaway and homeless youth are one of the most vulnerable populations worldwide. These youth are most often disconnected from family, and underserved by communities, left to fend for themselves on the fringes of our society. With limited rights and privacy, they have little access to services and supports needed to survive independently.
About 29,000 children in Columbus live in extreme poverty. Each year, the City of Columbus invests almost $18 million in resources for low-income households. However, the impact of this investment on child outcomes is not clear. The goal of the Kids in Columbus Study is to better understand how families access and use community resources.
Based on data collected through the Kids in Columbus study, this paper examines the extent to which families with young children accessing WIC services experience food insecurity. It also looks at whether food insecurity varies by family characteristic.