• 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 ...
  • Home-Based Programs: Recommendations to Improve Program Quality 

    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 Family Day Care Rating Scale is widely used to assess program quality. A total of 223 home-based ...
  • 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. ...
  • Infant and Toddler Programs: Recommendations for Quality Child-Teacher Interactions 

    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. In one study, researchers in the Midwest Child Care Research Consortium conducted a study to assess ...
  • 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.
  • Preschool Classrooms: Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Early Childhood Programs 

    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 Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised is widely used to assess preschool classrooms. A ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rural Child Care in Missouri: How to Improve it 

    Malley, Lynn; Thornburg, Kathy R.; Myers, Becky (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2005)
    During 1997 and 1998, a large study called Project REACH (Rural EArly CHildhood Professional Development Initiative), was conducted in a series of interventions over a 16 month period in rural Missouri. The training and ...
  • 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 ...
  • The State of Child Welfare in America: 2009 

    Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963-; Stout, Hailey (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2009-01)
    In terms of physical and emotional suffering, an estimated 905,000 children were determined to be victims of child abuse or neglect in 2006 according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From the fiscal ...
  • The State of Children and Families: 2009 

    Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963-; Stout, Hailey (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2009-01)
    This report contains information on current trends in the United States in areas including poverty, violence and crimes, unwed and teen pregnancy, education, nutrition, child health, child welfare, and housing.
  • The State of Missouri's Children: 2009 

    Thornburg, Kathy R.; Scott, Jacqueline L., 1963-; Stout, Hailey (Center for Family Policy & Research, 2009-01)
    A variety of problems affect the children of Missouri. The report contains details in categories including poverty, nutrition, education, health and welfare, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and violence.
  • 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% ...