Research and Evaluation

The effectiveness of high-quality early childhood education is powerfully supported by decades of rigorous research and developmental science. Continuing in this tradition, the Ounce is committed to applying the lens of science to early childhood education practice and policy.

In order to consistently provide the highest quality early childhood education that reflects the latest in evidence-based practices, the Ounce continuously evaluates its methods, assessing their effectiveness and collecting information that it can use to improve its models. Our research and evaluation initiatives elucidate the best practices and inspire the innovations that we can then export to raise the quality of early childhood education nationwide.

The ongoing study of our Educare model, provides just one example of how our commitment to informing the field of early childhood education with best practices will do that. By and large, we’ve found that children who attend Educare schools arrive to kindergarten and elementary school not just academically ready, but socially and emotionally prepared, as well. That’s an outcome the Ounce wants for all children.

By translating our findings and the latest science for lawmakers and the public, the Ounce can build broad support for policies and practices proven to support young children’s learning and well-being. When we share our findings with policymakers, we can encourage them to strengthen early childhood programs in their communities. And by sharing the best practices we’ve developed and refined with other early childhood professionals across the country, not only can we improve the services provided to at-risk children and families, we can provide it to more of them, as well.