Joanne Roberts Projects


Recent



  • Boston Quality Inventory

    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.



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

    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.



  • Empowering Families

    Ongoing since 2014
    Children's social-emotional development

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



  • Environment Rating Scales Reliable Rater

    Ongoing since 2016

    Provide site visits to programs seeking MA-QRIS Levels 3 and 4.



  • Massachusetts Early Care and Education Studies

    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.



  • Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study

    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.



  • Work, Families and Children

    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.


Archived



  • Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Studies

    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.



  • Child Care Voucher Project

    Completed 2007
    Assessing Massachusetts' Voucher System

    workfamilieschildren_small20WCW researchers participated in a study, led by Dr. Valora Washington and under the auspices of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Children’s Foundation, to evaluate the child care voucher system in Massachusetts.



  • Influence of Early Care and Education on Children's Outcomes and Family Functioning: An Ecological Model

    2004-2006
    An Ecological Model: ECE, Children's Outcomes and Family Functioning

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study examines the varying quality of child care in Massachusetts and across the nation, and its effect on children's performance and family functioning.



  • Maine Cost and Quality Study

    2001-2002
    Cost and Quality of Child Care in Maine

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study sought to examine full-day, year round child care for preschool-age children in Maine to better illuminate links between the quality and the costs of early child care in Maine.



  • Massachusetts Cost and Quality Study

    2000-2004
    Cost and Quality of Child Care in Massachusetts

    workfamilieschildren_small20The goal of the Massachusetts Cost and Quality Study was to examine full-day, year-round, community-based center care for preschool-age children (2.9 years to 5 years) and for infants and toddlers, pre-k classrooms in the public schools and family child care programs.



  • Massachusetts Early Care and Education and School Readiness Study

    Completed in 2007
    Early Care and Education and School Readiness: Massachusetts

    workfamilieschildren_small20Researchers focus on aspects of school readiness, including social and language development, along with other data such as hours in care, so as to better understand the ways in which a child's growth is influenced by situational factors. 



  • Ready Educators Quality Improvement Pilot

    2013-2016

    Pilot project in improving quality in early education and care.



  • State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care Needs Assessment

    Completed in 2012
    Early Childhood Education

    workfamilieschildren_small20The purpose of this project is to inform the Massachusetts board of Early Education and Care (EEC) of the resources that will best serve families and communities in supporting the holistic development of children, youth, and families.



  • The Massachusetts Child Care Subsidy Study

    Completed 2012
    Child-care usage among low income families 

    workfamilieschildren_small20The primary purpose of the study was to provide a picture of child care usage among Massachusetts low-income families.

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