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Evaluation to Measure Impact of Detroit Wolf Trap’s Early Learning through the Arts on Teacher Growth in Instructional Ability

Detroit Wolf Trap’s Early Learning Through the Arts provides arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers. As a regional affiliate, Living Arts will provide approximately 70 eight-week arts integration residencies to Early Head…

Evaluation Planning and Technical Assistance for the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Learning’s Preschool Development Grant

This project is designed to provide technical assistance and evaluation planning to the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Learning (OCDEL) as they enhance/expand ten early childhood systems-building initiatives supported by the U.S. Department of…

Evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Curriculum and Professional Development Model for Kindergarten Readiness

RFA will serve as the independent evaluator for Children’s Literacy Initiative’s five-year intervention, Integrating Curriculum Development and Professional Development for Kindergarten Readiness. Through this project, which is funded by the federal Education Innovation and Research…

Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania

As the number of jobs that require non-traditional work schedules (evenings, weekends, and overnight) increases, families’ need for child care during non-traditional hours has also grown. An estimated more than 150,000 Pennsylvania families with young…

A Detroit-Area Early Childhood Education Workforce Study to Support Head Start Agencies in Recruiting and Retaining High-Quality Teachers

This mixed-methods descriptive study was conducted in partnership with the Policy Equity Group in June-October 2018 to provide a description of the state and community context affecting the early childhood education workforce pipeline in Detroit;…

Detroit-Area Early Childhood Workforce Report

Through this project, Research for Action will assess the early child education workforce in the Detroit area. The purpose of this report is to provide local Head Start programs with actionable research to demonstrate the…

Examining Cross-Sector Collaboration in Pittsburgh: A Mixed-Delivery System for Pre-K Education

Research for Action worked with diverse stakeholders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to explore successes and challenges related to the implementation of the city’s mixed-delivery system for early childhood education programs developed through partnership between Pittsburgh Public…

An Evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Blueprint for Early Literacy

Students who have not learned to read by the time they enter fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school, and this risk is even greater for low-income children. In 2017,…

Making It Work: Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania

As the number of jobs that require non-traditional work schedules (evenings, weekends, and overnight) increases, families’ need for child care during non-traditional hours has also grown. An estimated more than 150,000 Pennsylvania families with young…

Making It Work: Bibliography and Technical Appendix

A bibliography and suggestions for further reading, as well as the technical appendix to accompany Making It Work: Examining the Status of Non-Traditional Child Care in Pennsylvania.

Children’s Literacy Initiative’s Blueprint for Early Literacy: Year 2 Evaluation Report

Research for Action’s Year Two evaluation report indicates that most lead teachers demonstrated high fidelity to the key elements of the Blueprint approach in the classroom, though some teachers experienced issues related to differentiating instruction…

Detroit-Area Early Childhood Workforce Study

Research shows that process quality in early childhood education (ECE) programs—specifically teacher–child interactions—is the strongest predictor of children’s gains in learning and development. Due to a number of factors associated with the city’s early childhood…

Partnering for Pre-K: Opportunities to Scale-Up Pittsburgh’s Collaborative Early Learning Model

Extensive research points to the positive impact of high-quality early childhood education. Unfortunately, demand continues to outpace investment: Today, 64% of Pennsylvania children eligible for publicly-funded slots remain unable to access them due to lack…