Dr. Caroline Ebanks
Telephone: (202) 245-8320
The Early Learning Programs and Policies (Early Learning) topic supports research on the improvement of school-readiness skills (e.g., pre-reading, pre-writing, early science, early mathematics, and social and behavioral competencies) of prekindergarten children (i.e., 3- to 5-year-olds).
Through this topic, the Institute supports research to reduce the academic disadvantage that many children from low-income families face when they begin formal schooling. This work must be conducted in center-based prekindergarten settings and may address curricula, teacher professional development, or instructional practices; early childhood policy and systems-level initiatives implemented at the federal-, state-, or local-level; and/or assessments of children, teachers, classrooms, or program quality.
The long-term outcome of this research will be an array of tools and strategies (e.g., assessments, instructional approaches, programs, and policies) that have been documented to be effective for improving school readiness skills for prekindergarten children in center-based prekindergarten settings.