Preschool Classroom Age Composition, the Physical Literacy Environment, and Children’s Emergent Literacy Skills

Three young children stand around a circular table. One child places a paper cutout in the shape of the continent of Australia on a round light blue circle representing the eastern hemisphere. The continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe are already in place on the light blue circle. Each of the continent cutouts displays the name of the continent.
How are teachers displaying items with writing on them — the physical literacy environment, an important factor shaping children’s emergent literacy skills — when students of different ages share the same preschool classroom? That’s what Crane researchers sought to find out.

PLUM: Preschoolers’ Language and Use of Media

Crane Center researchers are investigating how media use, both interactive (apps and games) and noninteractive (television and video), can affect young children’s language development.

Read Together, Grow Together

Get 8 tips for families on making the most of the time spent reading with your young child.

Kindergarten Readiness Among Children Participating in Early Start Columbus

A team from the Crane Center analyzed 2021-2022 state Kindergarten Readiness Assessment data and overall trends to examine the readiness of children participating in Early Start Columbus.

Early Childhood Learning and Children’s Literacy Skills in Kindergarten and Third Grade

This brief from Crane Center researchers, Early Childhood Learning and Children's Literacy Skills in Kindergarten and Third Grade, aimed to determine whether preschool assessments can predict how children will do on the KRA-L and Third-Grade Reading Guarantee.

Designing e-books to model real-time ideas for parents reading with their child

RIVETING RESEARCH BLOG SERIES. Early childhood researchers are using advancements in technology to support families with young children. A new study examined if e-books could effectively show parents ideas to make time reading with their child more meaningful.

Parents’ responsivity and early language development

RIVETING RESEARCH BLOG SERIES. Poverty is shown to have negative effects on young children's language development. A mediated meta-analysis of more than 6,000 preschool children examined why by looking at whether socioeconomic risks impacts parent responsivity.

Friend or Foe? Screen time and its effects on young children

The Riveting Research blog series is a succinct summary of a new study with compelling design and implications. This month's blog examines a meta analysis study to examine the effects of screen time on young kids.

Transition to Kindergarten

Transition to Kindergarten
Support young children during their transition to kindergarten through these resources for researchers, parents, and providers.

Expanding access to pre-primary education around the world

The Riveting Research blog series is a succinct summary of a new study with compelling design and implications. This week's blog examines Ethiopia's approach to rapidly expanding access to universal early education.