• Blocks and Playdough: Reconceptualizing Preschool Education through an Heuristic Multiple Case Study Approach 

    Williams, Carla Nicole (2014-08-28)
    This study utilized a multiple case study approach, informed through heuristic inquiry, which examined the ways in which preschool quality remains uneven across early childhood settings, despite the wealth of research ...
  • Child Care Quality for Children with Disabilities 

    Midwest Child Care Research Consortium (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2004-04)
    In 2000, university researchers and state child care program partners in four states (Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska) initiated the Midwest Child Care Research Consortium (MCCRC). The focus of the Consortium's work ...
  • Children's Early Learning: What the state of Missouri can do 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963- (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2002)
    Findings from the Midwest Child Care Research Consortium indicate early childhood education settings are of low quality in three areas that are key to early learning: Learning Activities, Language and Reasoning and ...
  • Early Childhood Brain Development 

    Halliburton, Amy L., 1974-; Watson, Amy L. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2008)
    We know that children need proper nutrition, safe homes, access to health care, and good parenting in order to thrive. With recent technological advances, we are also beginning to understand more about how a child's brain ...
  • Early Childhood Education in Missouri: How Well Are We Doing in Providing Licensed Early Childhood Programs and Subsidy to Those Who Need It 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2006-02)
    Research has shown that high quality early childhood education programs have positive short- and long-term effects on young children, especially those who are disadvantaged. In addition to having direct effects on children's ...
  • Early Childhood Education: Improving Children's Early Experiences 

    Brookes, Sheila J. (Sheila Joyce), 1963- (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2008)
    Parents face many problems when choosing early childhood programs, including both the lack of available high quality care and the high cost of care. In a large national study, six out of seven programs evaluated were rated ...
  • Engagement of geographically diverse Head Start families 

    Keys, Amanda M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    This study examined the differences in family engagement in geographically diverse Head Start families using the new Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework developed by the Office of Head Start. Participants ...
  • An Exploration of Teachers’ Early Childhood Guidance Beliefs and Practice within Early Learning Classrooms 

    Smitson, Melisa Ann (2015)
    Child guidance approaches, models, and strategies impact the quality of the classroom environment through teacher-child interactions, positive and negative climates, and the development of self-regulation and autonomy. ...
  • Improving Missouri's Bottom Line: The Significant Economic Impact of Early Childhood Programs 

    (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2009)
    The challenge to fund Missouri's state budget, with escalating costs and dwindling revenue, is daunting. Across party lines, the question is: how can Missouri improve the state's economic climate? The surprising answer is ...
  • Infant and Toddler Programs: Recommendations for a Stimulating Learning Environment 

    Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963-; Snyder, Linley A. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2007)
    Recommendations for practices that strengthen early childhood programs are proposed based on findings from two studies. The Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised is widely used to assess infant a toddler classrooms. ...
  • Korean ece teachers' strategies for addressing challenging behavior 

    Kim, Yeon Ha, 1972- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The purposes of this study were (a) to profile Korean preschool and daycare center teachers' (reported and observed) strategies for addressing challenging behaviors and quality of instruction; (b) to identify relationships ...
  • Missouri Early Childhood Programs: Subsidy and Workforce Issues 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963- (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2006)
    Economic data indicate investments in early childhood education provide substantial, long term dividends among adults who attended high quality programs during their preschool years. Research suggests a significant contributor ...
  • The Missouri Quality Rating System (QRS) School Readiness Study Results 

    Harris, Tricia (University of Missouri-Columbia Center for Family Policy and Research, 2009-10)
    New findings from the Missouri Quality Rating System School Readiness Study indicate that some aspects of children's school readiness are hurt by low quality early childhood programs. Children in poverty are particularly ...
  • The nature of talk in a kindergarten classroom: examining read aloud, guided reading, and literature discussion 

    Elias, Martille R. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2006)
    The purpose of this study was to determine the nature of talk that surrounds the literacy events of read aloud, guided reading, and literature discussion in an early childhood literacy program. This research describes how ...
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT) for Families with Low Incomes: A Collaborative Approach for Children Birth to Three 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Masters, Belinda; Poole, Lana (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2005)
    The Early Childhood Development Act of 1984 mandated that every school district in Missouri provide Parents as Teachers services to families with children birth to age 5. In 2003-04, a total of 45% of families in Missouri ...
  • A Policy and Procedures Manual for the Operation of the Red Door Children's Center: A Case Study 

    Brotemarkle, Helen S. (1985)
    The purpose of this project was to develop an all inclusive manual that could be used for the operation of the Red Door Children's Center, an existing child care facility at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lee's Summit, ...
  • Prevent Crime: Early Childhood Education as a Crime Prevention Tool 

    Semelka, Sara; Hawks, Jacqueline (University of Missouri-Columbia Center for Family Policy and Research, 2010)
    Since the mid 1990s, the general revenue funds appropriated for the Department of Corrections has more than tripled, from about $217 million (1994) to about $670 million in 2009. The ripple effects of crime are far reaching: ...
  • Quality Rating Systems: Major Findings from Four States 

    Mumford, Judith A. (Judith Ann), 1944-; Thornburg, Kathy R. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2006-05)
    A total of 24 focus groups/interviews, including 128 center and home-based directors, teachers, and parents, were conducted as part of the Midwest Child Care Research Consortium (IA, KS, MO, NE). Included are the 21 themes ...
  • School Readiness: Implications for Policy 

    Thornburg, Kathy R.; Watson, Amy L. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2008-05)
    To prepare children for success in school, policies must provide support for all the contexts that influence child development starting from birth, and must seek to optimize children's functioning across all domains of ...
  • Status of Infant and Toddler Programs in Missouri 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Halgunseth, Linda C. (Linda Citlali); Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963- (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2005)
    Early childhood is a critical period for cognitive, linguistic, and social-emotional development. Research finds that children who attend high quality infant and toddler programs are better prepared to succeed in school ...