Early Childhood

A child's early years are critical -- setting the stage for future success. Wilder Research provides a comprehensive picture of how young children and their parents in Minnesota are faring, with a special focus on low-income families. Our studies include the current state of children's health and well-being, child care use, and evaluations of the effectiveness of Minnesota's early childhood system.

We offer a range of research services, including program evaluation, evaluation capacity building, survey development, audience research, and a variety of applied research methods tailored to individual study goals.

Childcare and Education

Success or challenges early in life may lay the foundation for a child's experiences in K-12 education and beyond. The strength of our economy depends on families having access to high-quality and affordable childcare, so parents can work and children have the early opportunities they need to be prepared for school.

Learn more:
Spotlight on Access to Early Learning: Presentations from Our Forum

Related Wilder Research reports:
African-American Babies Coalition
Child Care Use in Minnesota
Child Care Workforce in Minnesota
Invest Early
Minneapolis Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment
Project Early Kindergarten

Children's Health and Development

Good health gives children the best chance to enter school ready to learn and to be productive throughout their lives. An investment in our young children is an investment in the future economy and workforce of our state.

Related blogs:
Early Education Alone Won't Eliminate Disparities
Five Resources for Early Childhood Development Research
What is the Right Question to Resolve the Early Learning Debate?
All Kids Ready for Kindergarten: New Report Card Shows Income and Racial Disparities Threaten Reaching Goal by 2020
United Front Blog Entry: Home Visiting Poised to Meet Demographic Realities 

Related Wilder Research reports and tools: 
Minnesota Early Childhood Risk and Reach - Read a wrap-up of the event introducing the report findings.


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