• 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 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 ...
  • The Effects of HB1519 Funding on Early Childhood Programs 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Fuger, Kathy; Mathews, Michelle C. (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2003-04)
    In 1998, the Missouri Legislature created the Early Childhood Care and Education Fund (HB1519). The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Social Services funded a three-year study that ...
  • 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 ...
  • Overall Quality Among Licensed and License-Exempt Early Childhood Centers 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963- (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2002)
    This brief will discuss several important aspects of early childhood centers. The findings presented are those that show statistically significant differences between licensed and license-exempt centers. Each program was ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pediatric Dental Health Care: Recommended Practices for Helping Children and Parents 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963- (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2003-02)
    This brief contains recommendations focused on early childhood education practices that can strengthen pediatric dental care. It included recommendations for educating both parents and children in dental practices.
  • 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 ...
  • Teacher Education and Benefits in Subsidized Child Care Programs 

    Mayfield, Wayne A. (Wayne Andrew), 1966-; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963- (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2002)
    Findings from a study of 2,022 indicate subsidized programs tend to be less likely to offer teacher benefits in the area of health insurance, paid sick leave, and retirement benefits. However, they are more likely to offer ...
  • 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% ...