Nancy L. Marshall Projects




  • Boston Quality Inventory

    Ongoing since 2007

    This 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.



  • Consultant to Urban Institute's Assessment of the Massachusetts State Subsidized Child Care System

    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



  • Massachusetts Early Care and Education Studies

    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.



  • Parental Work Schedules, CCDF Policies & Child Care Arrangements in Low-Income Families

    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.



  • Work, Families and Children

    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.



  • Working Conditions and Health

    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.




  • Assessing the Professional Development Needs of BPS Early Childhood Programs

    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.



  • Boston After-School Experiences Study (BASES)

    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.



  • Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Studies

    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.



  • Child Care Voucher Project

    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.



  • Employment, Work Conditions and Health Among Older Workers

    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.



  • Facilities for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Programs: Standards and Research

    2009 - 2011

    An evaluation of physical spaces in Massachusetts child care settings.



  • Health and Safety in Massachusetts Early Care and Education Programs

    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.



  • Impact of Work Organization on Women’s Postpartum Health

    2012 - 2012

    This study examines the impact of work stress on working mothers’ health during the first three years after having a child.



  • Maine Cost and Quality Study

    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.



  • Massachusetts Capacity Study

    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.



  • Massachusetts Cost and Quality Study

    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.



  • Massachusetts Early Care and Education and School Readiness Study

    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.



  • Men’s Changing Family Roles

    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.



  • NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development

    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.



  • Parental Choice: Research Evidence from Two National Datasets

    2010 - 2015

    This project looks at two national datasets to explore the relations among child, family, employment, and program characteristics and parental choice.



  • Ready Educators Quality Improvement Pilot

    2013 - 2016

    This pilot project aimed to improve quality in early childhood education and care.



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

    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.



  • The Massachusetts Child Care Subsidy Study

    2007 - 2012

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



  • Undergraduate Science Education Grant Evaluation

    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.

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