Tools You Can Use: Policies Based on Research Evidence
The Alliance for Early Success is excited to make a new resource available to help improve the lives of young children, especially those facing the greatest challenges. Today we are releasing a comprehensive research report by Child Trends, a nonpartisan research center on children and family issues: The Research Base for a Birth Through Age Eight State Policy Framework.
It includes research citations and evidence for policies that lead to better outcomes for vulnerable children.
Earlier this year, we released the Birth through Eight State Policy Framework. The Framework, with input from more than 150 experts, is a roadmap that anyone can use to guide policy in ways that will improve health, learning, and ultimately economic outcomes. It identifies health, family support, and learning as policy areas essential for healthy growth and development. Standards, screening and assessment, and accountability are the base that good policies rest on. The Framework presents policy choices in each of these six areas.
It’s a bold statement to say that these policies WILL lead to better outcomes. That’s where this new resources come into play. Policymakers want and need solid choices backed by research in order to invest public dollars wisely. At the Alliance we feel exactly the same.
For a quick and easy reference, Child Trends also wrote a summary of the research base. Research At-A-Glance, was released earlier this year.
Across the country, we’re seeing more and more attention being paid to early childhood. I’m thrilled to see this momentum, but know there is still more work ahead. At the Alliance, we’re continuing, with our partners’ help, to make the case for better early childhood policies. I hope you will use these tools to inform decisions in your states, knowing that these policy choices are likely to have big payoffs both for vulnerable young children now, and for our nation in the future.
Lisa Klein, Executive Director, Alliance for Early Success (October 23, 2013)