ECEI Current Research Projects
Three lines of research are emphasized at the ECEI:
Evaluation of Early Childhood Models and Programs
The ECEI uses multiple methods of data collection to provide formative information to programs that serve young children and their families. Data about program models are used to inform policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, the ECEI examines links between various aspects of classroom experience and children's development.
Projects in this line of research include the Education Implementation Study, the Educare Randomized Control Trial and Follow-Up Study, Measuring Data Utilization in Educare sites, the CAP-Tulsa Program Evaluation Study, and the SEED Study. We've also conducted classroom observations for Little Dixie's Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Policy-Oriented Early Childhood Research
The ECEI works in collaboration with local, state, and national partners to assess community needs, inform policy makers, and develop systems to improve the lives of young children and their families.
In 2013, the ECEI conducted an Assessment of Supply/Demand of Oklahoma's Institutions of Higher Education Capacity to Produce Early Childhood Educators.
Early Childhood Workforce Development
The ECEI conducts outcome and process evaluations of current practices as well as new initiatives that relate to the training and education of the early childhood workforce.
The ECEI is developing a Self-Assessment of NAEYC Professional Development Standards for Early Childhood Educators. In addition, Dr. Horm and Sherri Castle are developing training modules for the QCCIIT, an infant-toddler classroom observation tool, in partnership with Mathematica Policy Research.