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Cornell Early Childhood Program

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Project Director: Lisa McCabe
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The Cornell Early Childhood Program conducts translational research that promotes greater understanding of young children and their families, and contributes to policies and practices that enhance child growth and development. Emphasis is placed on research, evaluation, and program development that focus on early care and education settings (e.g. center-based child care, family child care, Head Start, pre-kindergarten) as an important context for supporting families and young children’s development. Recently, CECP staff have collaborated with community members to create and evaluate new programs to support high-quality caregiving in early education settings. Caring For Quality is a home-visiting program specifically for home-based child care providers. Children’s Ability to Navigate Developmental Opportunities (CANDO) is a training experience that brings together professionals from multiple disciplines (e.g. child care, home visiting, family support) to promote positive early childhood development and mental health. CECP staff have also contributed to the state-wide evaluation of QUALITYstarsNY, New York State’s new quality rating and improvement system for early childhood education programs. Finally, current work has also explored how state-funded prekindergarten is implemented in rural communities across New York State. This research also examines how segments of the early education community, specifically prekindergarten and community-based programs such as Head Start, collaborate in order to provide high quality early education experiences for young children and families.