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EC-LINC Research to Action Project Summaries

EC-LINC Research to Action Project Summaries 

With support from an anonymous donor, small groups of EC-LINC member communities worked together in 2016 on four “Research to Action” projects designed to advance the field of early childhood systems through actionable research. EC-LINC member communities worked collaboratively to develop proposals that would allow them to address a topic of interest to both the EC-LINC network and a wider audience of early childhood systems builders. Grantees then undertook research that provides new insight into a question or potential strategy of interest, implement or test their findings within their local context and communicate and share lessons learned from the overall experience to both the EC-LINC network and other relevant stakeholders. View a summary report about each project, as well as the materials developed for each.


Aligning Child Care and Workforce Development Policies: Two-Generation Strategies to Improve Child and Family Well-being

  • Project summary
  • A research compendiumthat links early child development practice to an ever-expanding body of institutional and academic research on “welfare-to-work” programs and two-generation strategies. Excerpts from a select collection of resources present the findings, implications and recommendations of this research. Particular attention is given to child care as a critical work support that is undermined by a built-in disincentive to work created by financial cliff effects.
  • A white paper that synthesizes content from this compendium and related resources to inform program designers and policymakers. 

Birth to Three Best Practices: Playgroups

Creating Tools to Successfully Engage Communities and Families in Early Childhood Programs and Systems

Outcomes & Metrics: Measuring the Impact of Early Childhood Systems


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