Research and Professional Development

Current research

Early childhood education and school readiness

Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child
A collaboration of scientists and scholars from across the U. S. and Canada designed to bring the science of early childhood and early brain development to bear on public policy decision-making.

Itasca Project
A group of corporate and community leaders looking at major forces and factors that will impact the future of the Twin Cities.  The committee develops recommendations for private and public actions designed to tackle key problems and opportunities, including early childhood.

Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children
To serve and act on behalf of early childhood (birth to age 8) care and education professionals in Minnesota.

National Child Care and Technical Assistance Center 
A national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that provides comprehensive child care information resources and techncial assistance services to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators and other key stakeholders.

National Education Association
Its mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite its members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. 

National Institute for Early Education Research
Conducts and communicates research to support high quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children.

National League of Cities, Institute for Youth, Education and Families
The institute is a special entity within the National League of Cities and helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
One of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System — the central bank of the United States.

University of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Child Development (CEED)
Working to improve developmental outcomes for young children through applied research, professional development, and outreach publications.

Zero to Three
A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.