Education and Early Childhood Research

For fifteen years I’ve worked to help improve systems for children, focusing on rigorous methodology and evidence-based approaches to effecting change. BRC’s clients have included the U.S. Office of Child Care, the states of Colorado, New York, and Florida, and numerous other governmental, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Early childhood finance and cost-effectiveness
  • Research design for educational and social interventions, including experimental and quasi-experimental methods
  • Pay-for-Success technical support for education interventions
  • Policy evaluation
  • Systems evaluation and change analysis
  • Large-scale data analyses of student outcomes and reform techniques
  • Teacher salary and school finance analyses

 

Project Examples

Denver Preschool Program Access and Capacity Study

BRC led a study to evaluate access and capacity for preschool in Denver. The study, which was sponsored by the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) examined availability of licensed preschool slots throughout the city, and yielded a need index which represented the ratio of preschool-age population to preschool slots in each census tract in Denver. In addition, the study used geo-coded data on provider locations to determine the number of high-quality preschool slots within walking distance of each of Denver’s public housing units.

Massachusetts Non-Traditional Hours Child Care Study

BRC Partnered with Linda Mills Consulting to conduct a study of the need for non-traditional hours child care in Massachusetts for the Mass. Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The study used a mixed-methods approach to investigate access to and need for child care outside of traditional work hours. The study involved focus groups and interviews with providers and a survey which was distributed to 2,000 parents throughout the state.

Latest News

The Moral Imperative Of Effective Altruism

This past August, a thousand or so entrepreneurs gathered in Berkeley, California to talk about making the world a better place. They represented the usual suspects you’d find at a Bay Area conference – data wonks, business strategists, venture capitalists, and...

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Strengthening Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce

BRC is partnering with the Butler Institute at the University of Denver to better understand the economic contribution of the child care sector, and to determine sustainable strategies for building a highly qualified workforce.

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Presentation at the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors Conference

Each year, the Annual Conference of the Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors hosts one of the nation’s most dynamic conversations about the feasibility, research, and policy implications of Pay for Success programs. The conference is organized by the Institute for Child Success, Ready Nation, and Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah, with whom I partner as a Senior Research Fellow.

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Two Definitions of Child Care Quality

As I think about the conversations I heard about early childhood in the past year, I find people are usually speaking the same language.  At conferences, in journals, and in legislative chambers, those of us who live within the early childhood realm generally agree...

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The Five Warning Signs Of EAU (Evaluation As Usual)

Is your organization suffering from Evaluation As Usual (EAU)?  Symptoms of EAU include overly enthusiastic language about successes, wish-washy discussion of potentially negative results, and a general lack of objective and critical data analysis and discussion....

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