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Wellesley Centers for Women 

is a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute at Wellesley College.
Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high quality research, theory, and action programs.

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Dating Violence Prevention Program for Each Grade in Middle School

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2011-2015
A longitudinal multi-level experiment

The goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of grade-differentiated dating violence and sexual harassment prevention curricula.

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Dating Violence Prevention Programs in Public Middle Schools (Shifting Boundaries)

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2005-2007, 2008-2010, 2011-2015
Shifting Boundaries: A Collaborative Multi-Level Experimental Evaluation

The goal of this study was to increase the capacity of schools to prevent Dating Violence/Harassment (DV/H) by evaluating the effectiveness of current multi-level DV/H prevention programming (Shifting Boundaries) in middle schools within a large urban school district.

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Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Studies

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2006-2014
Assessing Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

workfamilieschildren_small20The Work, Families & Children team has conducted a series of studies for the Boston Public Schools (BPS), including the BPS K1 and K2 Programs Needs Assessment, and a 2007-08 follow-up study.

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Empowering Families

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Ongoing since 2014
Children's social-emotional development

This project is designed to support children's social-emotional and cognitive development.

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Developing and Validating Practical Teacher Assessments for Use in Center-based Pre-kindergarten Programs

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Ongoing since 2011


The goal of this project is to produce a reliable and valid measure of teachers’ educational beliefs and knowledge of child development and ECE pedagogy that can be used to validate the effectiveness of professional development programs and interventions, as well as, to provide valuable feedback in applied settings regarding ECE teachers’ professional development needs and classroom appropriateness.

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Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study

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Ongoing since 2016

The Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study, led by Joanne Roberts, Ph.D., in collaboration with UMass Donahue Institute, involved the collection of quality observations and child assessments in ECE programs participating in the QRIS system.

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Boston Quality Inventory

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Ongoing since 2007
Assessment of Boston Childcare Programs

workfamilieschildren_small20This project provides a comprehensive picture of the quality of Boston's Early Care and Education programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, in both centers and family child care homes.

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Work, Families and Children

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Ongoing since 1986
Assessing Child Care Issues in Working Families

workfamilieschildren This long-term program brings together research on employment, work and family issues, and child care as a support for working families.

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Working Conditions and Health

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Ongoing since 1985
Study of working conditions and impact on health

workfamilieschildren_small20Working Conditions and Health is a group of inter-related research projects with a common interest in understanding the relation of working conditions to the physical and mental health of workers.

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Massachusetts Early Care and Education Studies

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Ongoing since 1999
Assessment of Early Care and Education in Massachusetts

workfamilieschildren_small20This group of inter-related research projects seeks to understand the state of early care and education in Massachusetts and make recommendations for quality outcomes.

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