Publications

Topic: Early Learning

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The Center for Family and Community Data - Knowledge and Well-being
The Center within Wilder Research measures and promotes healthy child and family development through an asset-based lens. It focuses on family and community engagement; indicators of potential risks to the healthy development of young children; community-led solutions for universal healthy child development; family, friend, and neighbor child care; and the economic value or return on investments in education and other human capital programs.
Most recent report: April 2017

Invest Early - Early Childhood Initiative
A multi-year evaluation of Invest Early, a community collaboration to improve children’s school readiness by improving the system of early childhood screening, care, and education; strengthening and empowering families; and promoting healthy child development.
Most recent report: March 2017

Incredible Years
The Wilder Foundation's Incredible Years program promotes social and emotional competence and works to prevent, reduce, and treat children’s behavioral and emotional problems. It includes a classroom component for young children, a children’s therapy group, and a parent education group. The most recent report provides information about the program's work with Cummins Power Generation in which they implemented the Six Sigma business process to develop a sustainability plan for Incredible Years.
Most recent report: October 2016

Prenatal to Age 3 Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development
Presents a policy plan that offers a fresh approach to early childhood policies that addresses the roots of racial equity. It is based on scientific literature, applied research, and analysis of population and economic trends and is informed by advice from more than 400 community members and early childhood stakeholders.
Most recent report: October 2016

Children's Theatre Company
Children's Theatre Company developed a series of trauma-informed creative arts workshops to help children experiencing toxic stress develop social emotional skills and resilience. They worked with early childhood organizations to implement the workshops with young children. The evaluation looks at early impacts of the program, promising practices, and lessons learned.
Most recent report: September 2016

Transit-Accessible Child Care
Metro Transit's Office of Transit Oriented Development contracted with Wilder Research to conduct a study on transit-accessible child care, particularly the ability of families to access child care via public transportation.
Most recent report: June 2016

Minneapolis Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment
Minneapolis Public Schools Early Childhood Education partnered with Wilder Research to conduct a community needs assessment of Minneapolis families with young children.
Most recent report: February 2016

Wilder Child Development Center
Profile of and evaluation results for the Wilder Child Development Center, a full-day child care and early childhood education program.
Most recent report: December 2015

Minnesota Early Childhood Risk and Reach
Presents indicators of risk to the healthy development of young children and the extent of coverage of publicly-funded services to meet their needs. Data are provided by Minnesota county.
Most recent report: September 2015

Family and Community Knowledge Systems Project
Funded with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this project emphasizes the role of family and community knowledge systems in whole-child development and formal early childhood programs. Two tools were developed: one for parents to assess healthy early childhood development and a second for providers and program staff to assess program quality.
Most recent report: July 2015

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