• 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Strengthening Missouri's Economic Performance: The Far-Reaching Impact of Investments in Early Childhood Programs 

    Semelka, Sara; Hawks, Jacqueline (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2010-06)
    The current economic climate is challenging for the state of Missouri and its many industries and businesses. Everyone is seeking investments that will yield significant returns. One important, but frequently overlooked, ...
  • Teacher Education and High Quality Early Education 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963- (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2002)
    The MCCRC's study on levels of teacher education is presented. The education level of early childhood teachers in Missouri is quite low. Approximately 31% of the teachers had a high school degree or less and another 30% ...
  • What Contributes to Quality in Early Childhood Programs? 

    Midwest Child Care Research Consortium (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2004-04)
    This study indicates several teacher characteristics and other aspects of early childhood programs are directly related to overall program quality. A total of 14 “assets” were identified as being critical factors contributing ...