Effectiveness of Infant and Early Childhood Programs

Major Reviews of Effectiveness

Programs That Work, from the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities (2014) - Between 1998 and 2014, the Promising Practices Network (PPN) on Children, Families and Communities (www.promisingpractices.net) provided information on programs and practices that credible research indicated are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. This publication from the RAND Corporation includes summaries of all of the programs that were reviewed by the PPN and met the criteria for a Promising or Proven program, as listed on the PPN website in June 2014, when the project ended. Programs are listed by categories, such as age of the child when the intervention takes place, delivery setting, and outcomes improved.

WWW: From Neurons to Neighborhoods: An Update: Workshop Summary (2012) - This report from the National Academies Press is available WWW: full-text online. It is based on the original study, WWW: From Neurons to Neighborhoods: Early Childhood Development (2000), which has contributed to a growing public understanding of the foundational importance of the early childhood years and helped shape early childhood policy agendas and intervention efforts at national, state, and local levels.

WWW: Reports and Working Papers from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (various dates - present) - These reports and working papers summarize findings from the research on the developing brain and underscore the importance of using science to intervene early and improve outcomes in learning, behavior, and health for all children, especially those whose prospects are compromised by adversity.

WWW: Proven Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions (2005), RAND Corporation - This synthesis summarizes what is known from the research literature about the short- and long-term benefits from early intervention programs, the features that are associated with more-effective programs, and the economic gains that accrue from investing additional resources in early childhood. A print-friendly PDF: PDF version is also available.

WWW: Handbook of Early Childhood Education (2002), edited by Jack Shonkoff and Sam Meisels - This book includesa section on measuring the impact of service delivery that provides an understanding of the issues around program effectiveness and efficacy.

WWW: Eager to Learn: Educating our Preschoolers (2000), National Academies Press - This publication presents a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary synthesis of the theory, research and evaluation literature relevant to early childhood education.

WWW: The Effectiveness of Early Intervention (1997), edited by Michael Guralnick - This book explores program factors and the effects of intervention for children at risk and for children with established disabilities. It reviews the past decade's advances and presents an agenda for new research that reflects the complexities and interrelatedness that exist among child and family characteristics, program features, and early intervention outcomes.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

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ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P170001 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education