Our Work

Our work is focused on evidence-informed practices that make a positive difference in the lives of young children and in the lives of their families and caregivers. Our university-wide transdisciplinary approach considers the whole child, from birth to age five, in the context of their families and communities.

Our Work

Our work is focused on evidence-informed practices that make a positive difference in the lives of young children, and in the lives of their families and caregivers. Our University-wide transdisciplinary approach considers the whole child, from birth to age five, in the context of their families and communities.

Focus Areas

Embedded Instruction for Early Learning

Embedded Instruction for Early Learning applies the 3R’s of Early Learning and is used to help children learn important skills during everyday activities with familiar people at home, in early learning programs and in the community.

BEST in CLASS

BEST in CLASS focuses on enhancing practitioners’ and caregivers’ use of supportive practices to teach young children important social-emotional skills within everyday learning opportunities.

Professional Development/ Practice-Based Coaching

Practice-based coaching (PBC)  helps people learn what to do and say to support young children’s development and learning and their families. Our  research focuses on how PBC supports positive outcomes for those who interact regularly with young children.

Data-Informed Policymaking

Data-informed policymaking is using information to help make decisions that guide services and supports for young children and their families. When informed by data, policymaking improves services and outcomes for young children and their families and helps make sure funding and resources are used equitably.

Real-world Application

Our work is not conducted in laboratories; it happens in homes and community-based settings with families, practitioners and young children. 

Center members work to develop and maintain strong research, policy and practice collaborations with other nationally recognized researchers, centers and programs. These partnerships create a collective impact that benefit those involved in early childhood. 

Research is shared in a variety of ways, including publications and presentations, community outreach, technical assistance and professional development activities. We are committed to putting research into action by translating Center findings in ways to help inform and transform practices in early childhood studies.