Research

Impacts of Early Childhood Programs on Children: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis

Investigator: Greg Duncan

Funding: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

A three-campus collaboration has been established to enhance the most comprehensive meta-analytic database of evaluations of programs directed at children ages 0-5 compiled to date, and then conduct analyses of those data to address various aims detailed in the application.

To accomplish the first aim – complete the coding of a database of rigorous early childhood program evaluations conducted between 1960 and 2007 in the United States – Professor Duncan will supervise coders at UC Irvine, participate in weekly phone meetings with the entire coding team, and plan analyses. This will take the bulk of the first project year.

In years 2 and 3, Professor Duncan will assume major responsibility for the second aim, which is to perform a database-wide descriptive analysis of impacts on children’s wellbeing by program type (early childhood education; parenting support; parent socioeconomic support) and key program characteristics. This includes planning and supervising the analysis, presenting results at professional meetings, and submitting papers for publication in academic journals.