Ongoing since 2014
Project identifying ways to improve the regional and statewide efficiency of the distribution of state supported child care, examining the needs of eligible families in the context of the availability of the support, and considering the balance of quality early education and work supports
Ongoing since 1999
This group of inter-related research projects seeks to understand the state of early care and education in Massachusetts and make recommendations for quality outcomes.
2020 - 2022
This study, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will examine how nonstandard and/or unpredictable work schedules make it difficult for low-income parents to access quality child care.
Ongoing since 1986
Assessing Child Care Issues in Working Families This long-term program brings together research on employment, work and family issues, and child care as a support for working families.
Ongoing since 1985
Study of working conditions and impact on health Working 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.
2015 - 2016
The primary goals of this project are to describe the quality of Boston Public School early childhood programs in public schools and in community-based programs, and examine the contributions of current Boston Public School initiatives to quality programs.
1994 - 1998
Experiences in Boston After-School Programs This study was created to better understand how children spend their after-school time, and how it may be best used to improve growth and learning. The study was stratified by ethnicity and took into account gender and social class.
2006 - 2014
Assessing Preschool and Kindergarten Programs The 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.
2007 - 2013
This project provided 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.
2004 - 2005
WCW 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.
2004 - 2004
This project proposes to advance scientific knowledge regarding the relationship between health and work, and both the positive and negative conditions within a workplace. This study asks how important employment really is toward productivity and health in an older workers' life.
2009 - 2011
An evaluation of physical spaces in Massachusetts child care settings.
2006 - 2006
This project prepared a report to describe the prevalent health practices and concerns in early care and education programs in Massachusetts, as part of a larger project of the Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education.
2012 - 2012
This study examines the impact of work stress on working mothers’ health during the first three years after having a child.
2001 - 2002
This 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.
2004 - 2005
The Capacity Study describes the current early education and care (EEC) workforce in Massachusetts and evaluates the capacity of the State’s higher education system to meet the increased demand for a qualified workforce in early education and care.
2000 - 2004
The 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.
2004 - 2009
Researchers focused 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.
2011 - 2012
This is a study of the relation between fathers’ high levels of involvement in childrearing and various family outcomes: quality of the marriage, the mother's report of social support, the quality of the mother-child relationship and of the father-child relationship, and the quality of family interactions when the children are in elementary school.
1991 - 2010
This study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, seeks to determine the relationship between children's early experiences and their developmental outcomes.
2010 - 2015
This project looks at two national datasets to explore the relations among child, family, employment, and program characteristics and parental choice.
2013 - 2016
This pilot project aimed to improve quality in early childhood education and care.
2011 - 2012
The 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.
2007 - 2012
The primary purpose of the study was to provide a picture of child care usage among Massachusetts low-income families.
Ongoing since 2012
The Wellesley Centers for Women will develop appropriate assessments, collaborate with the Office for Institutional Research and team members to collect date, conduct data analyses, prepare reports, and provide feedback from the evaluation to Science Center and College representatives.